7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Our identity in Christ is the foundation to our Christian life. It affects the way we live, how we love and serve with kindness, how we pray with expectation and believing God to exceed our expectations.
We pray out of the revelation of our identity, that is who we are to God and who He is for us. Jesus taught us to pray to God as a Father, and not a God who is distant. As such, we pray as sons and daughters of God, knowing our prayers flows from the place where we feel fully accepted and loved. It is from this revelation and relationship that we receive faith to believe that we have a good Father who loves us and who hears every word we pray and who is eager to answer us.
If we don’t intimately know God as revealed by and in Christ, then we don’t know how to ask and we don’t know what to expect. This is why many are fearful of praying or stop praying. They don’t want to be disappointed or feel let down when their prayers are not answered.
Knowing God Father’s heart towards us frees us to pray without fear or doubt. This was how Jesus taught us to pray. That is we have a heavenly Father who never gives us a stone when we ask bread or a serpent when we ask for fish. Rather we have a Father who knows exactly what we need before we pray. If this is true, then no prayer is ever wasted or ignored. All our prayers becomes
Prayer is nothing less than an open and honest conversation within the context of a meaningful relationship. Jesus modelled for us a life of active listening to the Father and learning to those things the Father is doing. This is what living in the revelation of our identity looks like. We don’t have a different agenda from God. With God, we want to see His will freely done here as it is in heaven.
Application: What is the Holy Spirit saying to me from today’s scripture reading? What is it saying about God and me and helping me in my Christian walk?
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