Episode 109

Prayer 2021 - April 19 - The Lord's Prayer pt 3

Scripture For Today:

 

Ephesians 1:15


“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you…”


The Lord’s Prayer pt 3

 

We’ve been studying about the “Lord’s Prayer.” We have covered some extraordinary things these past few days, and really, we are just getting started. Amen! If you missed the prior two days, you need to go back and catch up. We covered some very important foundational things in those two sessions.

Today, I want to focus on “Putting the Kingdom First.” Amen!

In Matthew 6:10, we read, “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven.”

There is a principle involved here which says we are to put the KINGDOM OF GOD FIRST PLACE IN OUR LIVES. Even putting the Kingdom of God before our own lives and well-being. Jesus says this again later, in verse 33 when He says, “But seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness and ALL these things will be added to you.”

Jesus was talking here about material things. He was telling us to put God’s Kingdom first in all things and then all things that we needed materially would be provided by God. Period. Amen.

He was saying that God knows what you need, just like our natural fathers know what their children need. God actually knows this better than our natural fathers do. Amen. 

Notice, Jesus DID NOT SAY, “It is God’s will for you not to have too much of anything. It may corrupt you.” Jesus did not say you had to go through life with the soles of your shoes worn out and drive an old beat up car held together by duct tape! That is NOT what Jesus said.

He said, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and ALL of these other things would be added to you.”  Another way of looking at this, is that material things WILL NOT be taken from you – IF you put God and His Kingdom first in your life! Amen! 

In fact, if we followed this principle of prayer that Jesus outlined for us, we wouldn’t even have to be praying about some of the things we are praying about and asking for! So many times, our prayers are all self-centered and selfish.  It is like the old story told about the farmer who prayed, “God bless me and my wife and our two kids. Us four and no more… amen.”

We may not pray like that word for word, but I can almost guarantee you that, if you interpreted your prayer according to that example, it would probably be similar. Amen!

We spend MOST of our prayer time talking to God about OUR needs. Material needs. Financial needs. Physical needs. Amen.

Now, don’t get me wrong. There is no problem with asking God to meet our needs. His Word promises us, in Philippians 4:19, that He will meet our needs. And God says we are to ask Him in John 16:23-24. And yet, Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:33 that if we “seek first the Kingdom of God, all these things will be added to us.” Therefore, the biggest problem is – our priorities are not aligned correctly. 

Let’s Pray!

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Pastor Robert Thibodeau has been in online ministry since starting his own podcast in mid-2009. Within about six months, he was offered a slot on nationwide Christian AM radio. His broadcast was heard in four major markets for one year.

He then started what today is called, "Evangelism Radio" and went live 24/7 beginning on October 4, 2010 and continues to this day. Now with over 50 broadcasters submitting programming on a weekly basis, Evangelism Radio has listeners in over 160 nations and all 50 states. It was also ranked by Shoutcast.com as #1 in the world in the Christian Talk genre on many occasions.

In late 2017, Pastor Bob began an interview style podcast called "The Kingdom Cross Roads Podcast." On this podcast, Pastor Bob interviews Christians from various walks of life on how they use their Faith to achieve success. Authors, recording artists, business CEO's, non-profit leaders and pastors and ministers frequent the show and provide amazing insight to build your faith. In only 3 years time, The KCR Podcast has published almost 900 episodes and Pastor Bob conducted over 700 interviews!

In early 2018, in response to the lack of any Christian themed podcast hosting platform in the market place, Pastor Bob coordinated with the iconic Mark Asquith and his team, with the result being "FaithCasters.net." A "Christian podcast hosting and marketing company created by Christians for Christians."

Due to the immense success Pastor Bob has achieved in the online ministry world, he is often asked by others "How to start a podcast." Not wanting to refer Christian brothers and sisters back into the world for help in establishing a Christian themed podcast, he started to develop the "Podcast-Training" platform offered through our ministry. He conducts training on a weekly basis to assist others in the development of their own personal podcast as well as ministry related podcasts that can air on Evangelism Radio.

Now, he has placed all of this information under one website location, "Podcasters for Christ." This makes it easier for other Christians to find the services they need in one spot rather than having to visit several different websites.

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