When You Pray, Say, “Our Father”
Over the next few months, I want to share some thoughts about prayer from Matthew 6:5-14. What did Jesus teach those who asked Him to teach them the subject?
First let’s consider some thoughts based on the first phrase of what our Lord taught about how we are to pray: “Our Father in Heaven” (6:9a). This phrase speaks to us about who may approach our Heavenly Father in prayer. The words “Our Father in Heaven” suggest several things to us:
- We are children. Everyone may approach the Father in prayer, since everyone is a child of God by creation. So who may approach the Father in prayer? Saints and sinners, adults, youth and children, and people of all languages, races, and nations. “Everyone” also includes kings and all authorities, as well as workers and retirees. So every person on our planet may approach our Heavenly Father in prayer. This includes you and me. What a privilege that everyone is just a prayer away from communicating with our Heavenly Father!
- God is a Father. In prayer we approach a Heavenly Father! The thought of addressing God as “our Father” may be difficult for some who have had a negative experience with an earthly father. But as we consider who our heavenly Father is, we realize how great and greatly to be honored and praised He is. Our Heavenly Father is love, He is good, holy, trustworthy and faithful. And being all-knowing, He knows our needs before we ever present them to Him in prayer. He is concerned about every need we have, and He is more than able to meet our every need (Ephesians 3:2). He promised to meet our needs “according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
Our Heavenly Father is able to save and sanctify all who will call upon Him. He is able to meet our physical and material needs as well. He challenges us to call upon Him; He will tell us great and unsearchable things we did not know (Jeremiah 33:3).
We give thanks:
- For the safe return of Sister McRittgers and Sister Tiza from their ministry foray into the 10/40 Window, and for the doors God opened for them . Pray for those in whose hearts the seed of the Gospel was sown.
- For the success of Brother Kerwin's three-week trip to Romania.
Yours in the power of prayer,