This post is our first in a series of blogs encouraging our church during our PRAY40 initiative beginning on March 1st through April 9th. Join us each week in prayer on Wednesday nights and download our mobile app to receive daily prayer updates as we seek God together in prayer this spring.
If we are honest, prayer is a discipline where we often struggle. In Luke 11, the disciples engage Jesus about this by asking him how they should pray. Despite all the miracles they had seen Jesus perform–more than anything in that moment they wanted to know how Jesus prayed. Fortunately for us, the Lord’s Prayer was preserved in Matthew and Luke, so we are not left wondering. It is my hope that as we set aside these forty days of prayer, we would beg God to teach us to pray, and that He would give us a love and a craving for the intimate time we spend with Him through prayer. Lord, teach us to pray!
Jesus begins the Lord’s Prayer with this: Our Father in heaven…
While this may appear to be only an opening to his prayer, this is one of the most profound phrases in all of the text. Because Father is not simply another name for God. In these first four words, we see both our relationship to God as well as our position with God. As believers, we are sons and daughters of God most high. This should change the way we approach God.
God is our Father, and we are fellow heirs with Christ His Son. And so we can approach the throne with full confidence and assurance of faith (Hebrews 4:12). We get to seek God in prayer, knowing that He sees us as not just servants, but as sons. This transforms our prayers from being a help hotline to a daily pursuit of our Father through an intimate relationship.
The irony in making our requests known to God is that, in time, we find what our souls are most in need of–the simple enjoyment of living in our Father’s presence. Think about that. We have received full access to God through the blood of Jesus so that we may bring our intercessions to Him. We can make personal and Kingdom requests to Him. We ultimately have a relationship with Him–the God of the universe!
Why do we settle for anything less, when the Father’s right hand holds eternal pleasures for us to enjoy? (Psalm 16:11)