Prayer – Matthew 6:5-15

Today is Wednesday, June 10, 2020, and I am Pastor Kim Alexander and you are listening to COVID-19 Connection Series # 66

Welcome and so glad that you have joined me.

How are you today?

Announcements:

 VBS Meeting tonight –

41 years of Marriage this June 12th. It will also be my 61st birthday this Friday. Debbie and I are going to get away overnight. Not sure where, but it will be somewhere!

Church this week – June 14th – 8:30; and 11:00 A.M. Sunday school at 9:45 A.M. No Children’s Church until July – We need volunteers.

VBS in June 22-27, 2020 – We need your help. Please contact Annette Ward

AWANA in September needs volunteers

H.E.L.P Ministries – school work/teachers salaries – $ 2,000 month

Mission Compound – $ 20,000 by the end of May

Today in the News:

BY REBECCA KLAR  06/07/20 11:01 AM EDT 9,345 

President Trump hit back at retired Gen. Colin Powell after the former secretary of State said he would be voting for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden

“Colin Powell, a real stiff who was very responsible for getting us into the disastrous Middle East Wars, just announced he will be voting for another stiff, Sleepy Joe Biden,” Trump tweeted Sunday.

“Didn’t Powell say that Iraq had ‘weapons of mass destruction?’ They didn’t, but off we went to WAR!,” the president added. 

Trump’s tweet came moments after Powell said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he would be voting for Biden.

“I certainly cannot in any way support President Trump this year,” he said. 

Powell served as secretary of State under former President George W. Bush and as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Clinton. 

Powell said he did not vote for Trump in 2016 and said the situation has “gotten worse.” 

He said he agreed with other high-profile current and former military officers who criticized Trump’s handling of the nationwide protests over police brutality that broke out after the killing of George Floyd. 

“We have a Constitution, and we have to follow that Constitution. And the president has drifted away from it,” Powell said. 

Powell’s condemnation followed a blistering statement released Wednesday by former Trump Defense Secretary James Mattis, who said Trump is the first

A handful of Republican lawmakers have also said they agree with Mattis, including Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who said she was “struggling” with whether to vote for Trump.

The president similarly went after Murkowski for her remarks, vowing to campaign against her when she is up for reelection in 2022.

“Get any candidate ready, good or bad, I don’t care, I’m endorsing. If you have a pulse, I’m with you!” he said.
 
Bonner Daily Bee – Gas prices on the r| June 10, 2020 1:00SANDPOINT — Idaho is back in familiar territory with the eighth-highest gas prices in the country, but Idaho AAA said there’s a silver lining – drivers here are still paying 88 cents less per gallon than they were a year ago. 

Meanwhile, the national average is back above the $2 mark after 66 days below it.

“The effects of COVID-19 are still being felt. Because fuel demand was held down during stay-home orders, stock levels are about 24 million barrels higher across the country than last year, including 500,000 barrels more in the Rockies region,” said AAA Idaho spokesman Matthew Conde. “That large cushion could keep pump prices lower than last year until the Fourth of July and possibly beyond.”

On Monday, the price for regular gasoline in Idaho is $2.28 per gallon, which is 48 cents more than a month ago, but 88 cents less than a year ago, according to AAA Idaho. The current U.S. average is $2.03, which is 20 cents more than a month ago, and 73 cents less than a year ago. On the national level, gas prices haven’t gas prices haven’t been this low at the beginning of June since 2004.

Former NFL wide receiver Reche Caldwell shot, killed at age 41

 By Daniel Canova | Fox News

Former NFL wide receiver Reche Caldwell was shot and killed outside of his home in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday, TMZ Sports reported. He was 41 years old.

Caldwell was about to take his girlfriend out when he went back inside his house to get a jacket. His girlfriend said Caldwell was “ambushed” by a “couple of people” who jumped out of the bushes in an attempted robbery, Caldwell’s mother, Deborah, told the website.

Caldwell was shot in the leg and chest before 911 was called, but he died in the

“He was a good person who smiled all of the time,” Deborah told TMZ.

“He tried to help everyone he could. He was the type of guy who would take his shirt off

Caldwell, a second-round pick out of Florida in the 2002 NFL Draft, played for the San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots and Washington Redskins over a six-year NFL career. He signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams in 2008, but the team released him before the start of the season.

Caldwell finished his career with 152 receptions for 1,851 yards and 11 touchdowns in 71 games.

Bible Quiz Time:

 Q: How did Saul die?
A: Fell on his own sword

Q: How many of his sons died in the same battle?
A: All of them

Q: Did all of Israel immediately consider David their king?
A: No

Q: Who was David’s captain of his army?
A: Joab

Q: When David stayed in Jerusalem, what woman did he see and commit adultery with?
A: Bathsheba

Q: Who was Bathsheba’s husband?
A: Uriah

Pause for Prayer:

  • VBS – June 22-27, 2020
  • Riots and Protests throughout the U.S.
  • Bob Ahsmuhs – Cancer
  • Tom Spann – Cancer
  • Terry Robinson
  • People working through COVID-19
  • Lowana LaBolle
  • Men’s Bible Study – Friday nights
  • Cup of Grace Ministry
  • E.L.P Ministries
  • Heal our nation/guide our president

Today our WORD from the Lord comes from Matthew 6:5-15,

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

10  Your kingdom come.

Your will be done

On 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 do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

I want to have a word with you about Prayer
 
   I. We are to pray – 6:5

   “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

   Notice the words, “And when you pray,” Jesus took it for granted that His followers pray.

   What is prayer? It is communication with God. It is talking to our Creator.

   Don’t be like the hypocrites – the play actors. No, when we pray, we are to be real. God can see right through us. Pray like you mean it, and you do! This is the point here.

   The hypocrites prayed standing in the synagogues, and on the corner of the streets so that they could be seen by men. They prayed to an audience, and not to God. They didn’t pray to the audience of one. They pray to the audience of the many.

   Their reward according to Jesus was just what they did. The attention of the people who saw and heard them pray. They didn’t receive an answer from God concerning their prayer.

   II. Have a place where you pray – 6:6

But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

   If we are not to pray standing in the synagogue (or Church for us), and we are not to be praying on the corner of the street, then where? We are to have a secret place where we pray.

   Do you remember the Christian film, War Room? That was a great film about an elderly woman who had a prayer closet, and there she prayed, and she prayed mightily. She had her posted notes, and picture of family and friends on her closet wall. She got down on her knees and did business.

   God who sees in secret will reward you openly. In other words God will answer this type of praying.

   III. Don’t use repetition in your prayers – 6:7-8

And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.

   What is vain repetition? I would call this rote praying. It is the prayers in which we just go through the motion. Like the children’s prayer:

  Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, and if I should die before I wake, I pray the LORD my soul to take.

   I remember one of my Bible college professors taught the following idea about prayer. He said, “When in public pray short, and when in private pray long.” A lot of people get these two twisted up. They pray long in public, and pray short in private.

   However you pray, do babble on with so many words that even when you are done with your prayer you said a lot but there was nothing of substance.

   Don’t miss verse 8, for it teaches us that God know what we need long before we even ask for it. So if that is true, why pray? We pray because it shows our dependence upon our God. Prayer is more about me than it is about the Lord.

   IV. Use the following model for prayer – 6:9-15
 
  1. Address your Father in heaven – 6:9

In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

   Here is a great way to start our praying – we acknowledge that God is our heavenly Father. I am so glad that I can call my Creator, my God, and my Father. God became a father to me, who was really fatherless.

   We are to also worship Him in as we pray. The word “Hallowed” carries with it the idea of God’s holiness and worthiness to be worshipped. 

     2. Ask for God’s will to be done – 6:10

10  Your kingdom come.

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

    Pray for the coming Kingdom of God. You do realize it will come sooner than we think. The reason is that God is outside time. God is ever present. What we see as history past, or future, God is as the now. His kingdom is present even as we live on a liner time scale. That’s hard to understand but it is true.

   We are also to pray for God’s will to be done here on earth as it is carried out in heaven. O how I long to see God’s will done here. So many people fighting God’s will for their lives.

   We will never have heaven on earth until God’s Kingdom Come, but if we would just seek to do His will here on earth (that part we know to be God’s will) we would experience a little heaven on earth.

   3. Ask for your daily bread – 6:11

11  Give us this day our daily bread. 

   Where does my next meal come from? McDonalds? Red Lobster? No! My three squares a day from God. I need to be ever mindful that it’s not my cash, or a credit card that feeds me. It is God who provides for all of my needs.

   As we pray, we should ask God to provide for our daily meals. Can you since the daily dependence here in this verse? It doesn’t say to ask for this month’s food, or even this week, but this day.
 
   4. Ask for forgiveness – 6:12

12  And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.

    We must remind ourselves to keep short accounts with God. When we sin, we confess it, and we repent (turn from it), and we keep our eyes on the Lord. But we must also be willing to forgive those who sin against us.

   5. Ask to be protected from temptations – 6:13

13  And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

  Are you ever tempted? Just the other day I walked out of Walmart without paying for a watermelon in my cart. I had scanned everything, but the watermelon. When I got to my car, and I lifted the Watermelon from the cart a light came on in my brain – “I didn’t pay for this.” Right then temptation came. Walmart won’t miss one watermelon. After all, it’s only $ 4.95. What’s that to all the millions they make every day. No, my Christian character is more important than $ 4.95. I walked back in and paid for the watermelon.

   Temptation will come in many forms and in many different ways. We must pray to be delivered, and we must pray to be kept from the evil one. For you see we are talking about being a part of God’s Kingdom, and we must live in the light of His power, and for His glory.

   6. Remember how forgiveness works – 6:14-15

14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

   I want you to write in the margin of your Bible the words,

FORGIVEN to FORGIVE

   If we can’t forgive those who trespass against us, how can we expect God to forgive us when we daily trespass against him? Being forgiven is based on our willingness to forgive others.

   When was the last time you forgave another person? Do you remember what the trespass was about? What sin did that person commit against you? Now, do you recall the last trespass that you committed against God? Do you recall the last sin you confessed to God? Do you feel forgiven? If you answer yes, then you are obligated to extend that same forgiveness to those who trespass against you.

Lessons for Learners:

  1. Kingdom people pray
  2. Kingdom people are not hypocrites
  3. Kingdom people pray in secret – go to your room
  4. Kingdom people don’t use repetition when praying
  5. Kingdom people pray to their Father in heaven
  6. Kingdom people ask for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven
  7. Kingdom people ask for their daily bread (and they give thanks)
  8. Kingdom people ask for forgiveness and extend forgiveness
  9. Kingdom people ask to be delivered from temptation
  10. Kingdom people remember how forgiveness works – we have been forgiven, and so we extend forgiveness

Remember, I’m in touch so you be in touch.

And as Dr. Robert Cook from the King’s College used to say, “Walk with the King today and be a blessing.