Feb. 3pm, 2002     Are you giving God the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Mat. 6

Lordís Model Prayer Sermon Series no. 7

By Ronald E. George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Chruch

 

THE MALFUNCTIONING AIRCRAFT

A pilot was flying a plane-load of passengers to their destination, when suddenly the rudder malfunctioned.  He radioed the control tower in panic, and shouted, "The RUDDER has malfunctioned! What shall I DO?"

The air traffic controller radioed back, "Keep calm, Captain. Just repeat after me: Wings flap... check. Velocity... check.  Altitude check."

The pilot made the appropriate adjustments, and the aircraft continued on course.

Not five minutes later, however, the STARBOARD ENGINE stalled. The pilot radioed the control tower and shouted, "The STARBOARD ENGINE has stalled! What shall I DO?"

The air traffic controller radioed back, "Keep calm, Captain. Just repeat after me: Wings flap... check. Velocity... check.  Altitude check."

The pilot made the appropriate adjustments, and again the airplane continued on course.

However, not five minutes later, the pilot radioed the control tower a THIRD time. This time he shouted, "MAYDAY! MAYDAY!  BOTH the engines have gone! What shall I DO?

The air traffic controller radioed back, "Keep calm, Captain. Just repeat after me: Our Father... Which art in heaven... Hallowed be Thy name..."

 

Scripture Text:  Matt 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

 

 Will we give Him the kingdom, power, and the glory forever amen.

1.  Recognize that He is the King.  If He Is your King thenÖ?

He is the one who rules over you.  He is the One whose name you hallow.  He is the One whose kingdom has come to your life.  He is One who will you do on earth as it is done in heaven.  He is the One who gives you your daily bread.  He is the one who has forgiven you of your debts.  He is the One who delivers you from evil. 

   Nikita Khrushchev once boasted that he would exhibit the last Soviet Christian on television by 1965.  Khrushchev has since gone to give account of himself to the Judge of all mankind, and his deadline for the extinction of Christianity in Russia has also passed. Throughout history, so-called big men and little men have strutted across the stages of life defying God.  But as Psalm 145:13 promises, "Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations."

 

2.  Recognize His power and authority.  Does have power and authority over you?

Does God have the power and authority over your life.  Saying it and doing should both be the same thing in our lives.  What if we say it and donít do it?  Does it make any difference?  If you donít have a car but say you are a car does it make you a car?  If you say you are the best football player in the country does it make you the best football player in the country?  Of course it doesnít.  The proof is in the doing, but the saying could express the desires you have.  The doing begins with a desire you have then it is fulfilled when you take the necessary steps to see fulfillment.  The power over our lives has been given to us.  Although He is creator of all, He wants us to willingly choose Him for our very own.  Whose has the right in your life to call the shots?  Who has the power over you? 

 

3.  Recognize His glory.  Does He receive glory and honor from you?

To receive the glory from you it must be much more than just a song that we sing or a testimony we give.  To truly be glorified the Fatherís presence must be seen in our lives.  When the Hebrews were wondering in the wilderness they were led by a visible cloud during the day and a fire at night.  This was the presence of God.  When allow the Lord to be our King and we submit our will to His then He comes into our lives to change us into the image and likeness of His Son.  As Jesus walked this earth we can see the presence of the Father in His life.  He continued to follow the Fatherís direction throughout all of His life.  Then the Father was glorified.  As our friend, Harry as put it: ďto glorify God is to make Him look good.Ē  We can only make Him look good when we invite His presence into our lives.  He fills us with His love, forgiveness, and character.  This is only possible when we take the time to look up into the face of the Father. 

      Though the following story comes from the distant past, it speaks forcefully to the present:  King Henry IV of France once asked the Duke of Alva if he had observed the great eclipse of the sun that had recently occurred.  "No," said the duke, "I have so much to do on the earth that I have no leisure to look up into heaven."  Commenting on this, Thomas Brooks said, "It is sad to think how heart and time are so taken up with earthly things that we have no leisure to look to Christ and the things that belong to everlasting peace."  Yes, how foolish is the person who caters entirely to this temporal world!  It gives only momentary pleasure, and cannot bring the eternal rewards of Heaven.  Jesus told us, "...seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." (Mt. 6:33).

 

4.  Recognize His eternal character.  Will you be with Him forever? 

    All through these readings we must have been thinking of the rough simplicity of the birth of the Son of God.  We might have expected that, if he had to be born into this world at all, it would be in a palace or a mansion.  There was a European monarch who worried his court by often disappearing and walking incognito amongst his people. When he was asked not to do so for security's sake, he answered, "I cannot rule my people unless I know how they live."  It is the great thought of the Christian faith that we have a God who knows the life we live because he too lived it and claimed no special advantage over common men.

Recognize that He has the final say.  Amen or so be it is an acknowledgement that He knows what is best and so be it is to say that we agree.