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The Ultimate Priority - Worship . . . Part 3

WORSHIPPING THE FATHER          Page 2

The apostle Paul opened every one of his thirteen epistles with some form of the expression "Grace and
peace from God our Father...", you will find that in Romans 1:7, 1Corinthians 1:3, 2Corinthians 1:2, Galatians 1:3, Ephesians 1:2, Philippians 1:2, Colossians 1:2, 1Thessalonians 1:1, 2Thessalonians 1:2, 1Timothy 1:2, 2Timothy 1:2, Titus 1:4, and Philemon 1:2. In the mind of Paul, God was most definitely his Heavenly Father and deserving of worship!

As far as grace and peace coming from our Father, that too Paul would have long understood. cf. Numbers 6:22-27

Alright then, let's look at this wonderful portion of the Sermon on the Mount and learn from Jesus what He would have us to know about "Worshipping the Father".

GOD'S PURPOSE (1)

V. 9 ** As we worship the Father in prayer, what would you say is God's purpose in having us worship Him?

The supreme purpose for our worship is to give glory to God! To exalt His name and draw attention to all He has done. Jesus affirms this purpose in John 14:13 when He said He answers prayer so "that the Father may be glorified". We are going to see that Jesus' pattern for prayer is totally dedicated to bringing glory to the Father. Which is why He begins this passage with "Pray, then, in this way".

cf. Matthew 6:5-8, again, the hypocrisy of those who would pray for their own glory is to be avoided at all costs!

GOD'S PATERNITY (2)

V. 9 ** As we worship God the Father, how does Jesus describe our personal relationship to Him?

He is "our" Father. The Jews listening to Jesus that day would have understood that concept.
cf. Isaiah 64:8, Jeremiah 31:9

But even the Gentiles who placed their faith in Jesus would come to see God as their Father.
All see - John 1:12, Romans 8:14-15, Galatians 3:26

** What kind of resources does our Father have at His disposal?

All of the resouces of Heaven! cf. Ephesians 1:3
He is the God of Heaven, He alone possesses the answers to our prayers and deserves our worship.

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