Pastor Steve Williams : Do You Know Who You’re Talking To?

40 Days of Prayer · 39:54 · Recorded September 20, 2020

Do You Know Who You’re Talking To?

Matthew 6:9-13 (NKJV) “In this manner, therefore, pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 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.’”

“What comes to your mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you, because it affects everything else in your life.” A.W. Tozer

Psalm 100:5 (TLB) “The Lord is always good. He is always loving and kind, and his faithfulness goes on and on to each succeeding generation.”

What God’s goodness assures us:

1. His plans for my life are always good.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (ICB) “I know what I have planned for you,” says the Lord. “I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future. Then you will call my name. You will come to me and pray to me. And I will listen to you. You will search for me. And when you search for me with all your heart, you will find me!”

Psalm 31:12 (NLT) “God, your goodness is so great! You have stored up great blessings for those who honor you. You do so much for those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world!”

Romans 8:28 (NLT) We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called accord-ing to his purpose for them.

2. He’ll always give what I need, not what I deserve.

Psalm 103:10-12 (GW) “He has not treated us as we deserve for our sins or paid us back for our wrongs. As high as the heavens are above the earth — that is how vast his mercy is…As far as the east is from the west — that is how far he has removed our rebellious acts from himself.”

Psalm 27:10, 13 (NLT) “Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close…Yet I am confident I will see the LORD’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.”

Hebrews 4:16 (NLT) So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

3. He’s put my good above his own.

John 10:14-15, 17-18 (MSG) “I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own sheep and my own sheep know me…I put the sheep before myself, sacrificing myself if necessary…This is why the Father loves me: be-cause I freely lay down my life…No one takes it from me. I lay it down of my own free will.”

2 Corinthians 5:19, 21 (TLB) God was in Christ, restoring the world to himself, no longer counting men’s sins against them but blotting them out… For God took the sinless Christ and poured into him our sins. Then, in exchange, he poured God’s goodness into us!

Romans 8:31 (Phi) He that did not hesitate to spare his own Son but gave him up for us all — can we not trust such a God to give us, with him, everything else that we can need?

4. He’s always wise with his “yes” to my wants.

Matthew 7:7-11 (NIV) “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

5. He’ll keep welcoming me into himself forever!

Psalm 23:6 (NLT) “Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.”

Psalm 119:37-40 (NLT) “Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word. Reassure me of your promise, made to those who fear you…Renew my life with your goodness.”

“Lord, teach me to pray!”

If you’re in a small group using the 40 Days to a Powerful Prayer Life guide, please refer to the questions found on pages 44-45.

  • Read Psalm 100:5 in several translations if possible. How would a deep conviction that God is always good encourage meaningful prayer?

  • Read Psalm 27:10 and 103:12. Why don’t people freely forgive and welcome us back into good graces like God does? How might this influence our doubts & suspicions about God’s forgiveness? How can prayer help us to let go of heavy loads of shame and guilt knowing God has freely forgiven us?

  • Read Jesus’ words in John 10:14-15. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, sacrificed his life for us, his sheep. How can your prayers be enrich-ed by recognizing that he’s always working for your own good, leading your life as a good shepherd?

  • Read Romans 8:28. There are likely many examples that could come to mind of God filling us with his goodness in bad times. When natural disasters or terrorist attacks occur, some people are shown at their worst and other are shown at their best. Share stories you’ve seen of people showing God’s goodness during such times.

  • Can you recall a time when God gave you what you needed, but not what you specifically prayed for? Can you think of times when God’s “no” proved to be good for you? Take time to close your meeting with simple expressions to God of what you’re grateful for about his goodness.

  • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.

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