Today I thought we could focus on “Our Father in Heaven.”
A Simple View
Our – We are part of a community (not alone) and we pray with others
Father – We are part of a family and we pray to Someone who cares.
In Heaven – God has the authority and power to help us.
Who Do We Pray To?
Now it came to pass, as He [Jesus] was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” So He [Jesus] said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in Heaven, (Luke 11:1-2a)
At this point Jesus could have chosen any of God’s names but He chose for us to direct our prayers to His Father.
Remember these men were chosen by Jesus to become the foundation of His Church and they were to teach us that we could have the same Father child relationship with God as Jesus did.
This is really good news because we know how proud the Father was when Jesus was baptized and made his public declaration to live for God’s will as an example for us to follow in so God the Father can be just as proud of us when we accept Jesus Christ as our Saviour and accept His ways as our new way to live.. (Matthew 3:17)
What a privilege to be able to come to Jesus’ Father and talk to Him as our very own Father. We can read just how close Jesus and His Father were in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Jesus said “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30)
We can also read how much Jesus cares about us and know that He wants us to succeed.
Where Are We Today?
Can you say, I am saved by the grace of God and know that He is my Father and I am His child? If not I would like to invite you to call upon Him right now and let Him know that you are sorry for the way you have been living your life and ask for His forgiveness and that He apply Jesus’ death and resurrection to your life. He will save you!
If you are saved, then we can pray to the Father and ask Him to help us keep our priorities right (John 6:33); we can pray for the help that we need (Philippians 4:6-7) and remember to just let Him know how thankful and appreciative of Him you are.
May “Our Father” meet us where we are this week and grant us the answers to our prayers according to His wonderful purpose and plans for us. In Jesus’ name amen.