Read: Matthew 6:9
“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.’”
Reflect: “Our Father,” this is an idea that most Jews could hardly entertain, that God, their God who was so great, so mighty and the creator of the heavens and the earth, would dare to be called our Father. Yet that is exactly what Jesus said to call Him when His disciples asked Him to teach them to pray. Pray like this, “Our Father.” Jesus calling God, Father, was a stretch for the Jewish people since He was such an authority figure. Later Jesus took this whole idea to another level by calling Him an Arabic word, Abba, which for us translates, Daddy. This word removes the authority aspect and replaces it with relationship. Relationship with our heavenly Dad is undoubtedly what Jesus had in mind when He first suggested that they pray “Our Father.” This relationship would be nurtured and grow in prayer.
Relationships are born out of trust. There has got to be trust and trust only comes when we know who we are praying to, your Father! Effective prayer is a partnership and you cannot partner with a stranger; it takes relationship. Many of us have a hard time with prayer because we have a hard time imagining that God, as great as He is, could love us. It’s what I call the love issue. It overwhelms many of us and not in a good way. We are convinced wrongly, but convinced God couldn’t possibly love me if He is as great as He is and I am, well just so human. But Jesus made it clear, our Father wants relationship with us. All of Jesus’ life was spent building relationships with those He loved and the book of Hebrews tells us, Hebrews 1:3, “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being…”
Who do you pray to? This God who is crazy about you and controls the universe?
Who gave His Son to save your life or someone else?
So, if He is your Father, do you pray like an orphan instead of a son or daughter? Enjoy your Father. Come into His presence with a thankful heart. You don’t have to beg Him for life. He wants to bless you. Believe in His abundance and that He is a giver. He wants to give you abundant life so begging isn’t necessary, begging comes with a poverty mentality. Jesus often asked those in need, “What do you want me to do? What do you want me to restore and heal? He is asking you the same thing. Run to your Father today and know His arms are open wide to you!
Prayer: Jesus, please teach me to see you as completely representing my Father’s heart. Holy Spirit, lead me into intimacy with God, remove fear and replace it with life and excitement to know my Father better.