Sometimes our prayer life can be pretty stale. If you ask my wife, she can probably quote you the “standard prayer” that I say at every meal. And if we are honest, we all have those words or phrases that we default to when we pray. In fact, if someone could record our prayers over the course of three months I bet they would all sound pretty similar! Sometimes our prayers morph into a broken record of simply repeating the same things or asking for things we want God to do. But God has so much more to offer us than scripted words offered to a pseudo Santa Clause.
When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray like He prayed, Jesus answered in the most profound way possible. In Matthew 6:9 He says “Pray like this, Our Father who is in heaven.” In this passage, Jesus shares with us one of the most pivotal parts of the gospel. That God is our Father. Think about how you view God when you pray. So often we view God as an impersonal being that we offer prayers and praises to with hopes that He will intervene in our lives. But God is so much more than that. God is our FATHER. What an incredible, relationship-defining word that is!
When we begin to view our relationship with God as sons and daughters it changes our prayer life. Suddenly we go to our Father because we want to share with Him what is happening in our lives. We go to our Father because we want advice, comfort, and protection. But ultimately, we go to our Father because we want to have a relationship with Him. It transforms our mentality from wanting answers to wanting God Himself. And the best part is, when we do that, God gives us what we need.
Matthew 7:9-11 says this: “Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”
The relationship to our Father in heaven is so beautifully depicted in this passage. Jesus reassures us that God has our best interest at heart and that when we have a relationship with him as our Father, He will respond with the tenderness and love that only a Father could. Today we are reminded that our walk with God is about a relationship. Once we understand that God is our Father and loves, cherishes, and wants what is best for us, it will transform the way we pray.
Need A Reminder?
- This month, consider posting this printable on your fridge or frame it somewhere in your house. Let it remind you that God is your Father and gives good gifts to His children who ask.
- Are you looking for a way to get involved? Check out this month’s Threshold Project!