Getting to Know God: the Lord S Prayer Part 2
The Prayer of Surrender
Getting to Know God: The Lord’s Prayer – Part 2
A. Three sources of stress.
1. Uncontrollable circumstances.
2. Uncooperative people.
3. Unexplainable pain.
“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10 NIV
B. What is God’s kingdom?
Where God is acknowledged as King; where He rules and reigns as Lord.
C. What does surrendering to God look like?
1. Surrendering to God means letting go of control.
“Be still, and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10 NIV
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen. – Reinhold Niebuhr
“Those who live as their human nature tells them to, have their minds controlled by what human nature wants. Those who live as the Spirit tells them to, have their minds controlled by what the Spirit wants. To be controlled by human nature results in death, to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace.” Romans 8:5-6 GNT
2. Surrender to God means learning to content.
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
Philippians 4:12-13 NIV
a. Contentment is learned.
b. Contentment is a choice.
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
Philippians 4:12-13 NIV
3. Surrender to God means laying down my plans.
4. Surrender to God means leaving the future to God.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?... But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:25-27, 33-34 NIV
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don't be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.” Proverbs 3:5-7 NLT