9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.13 And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Jesus teaches us how to pray simply and honestly and from the heart.
Prayer is not a ritual. Prayer is friendship with God. When we recognise who God is to us, everything changes for us. It starts with acknowledging God is our Perfect Father whose name is holy and whose grace is boundless. In other words, we can trust God’s dealing with us is just, right and good. This gives us the confidence to ask boldly and with expectancy.
Some believers only have a working relationship with God. That is they relate to God on the basis of duty, obligation and fear. Prayer then becomes a function—a means to an end. And when we get our “end”, we stop praying until the next time we need some divine help or intervention. This approach makes it easy to lose your faith and blame God when you didn’t get your way.
Our relationship with God is rooted and grounded in grace.
Grace affects the way we see and trust God and the way we see our relationship with God. To recognise and call God “Father” is to see our placement as a beloved child of God. This opens our hearts and hands to receive God’s blessings and gifts with childlike faith. Even the most messed up day of your life cannot deter God from fulfilling His purpose. God does not ordain suffering but He will use suffering or pain to make His grace real to you. In the midst of despair, the Apostle Paul found hope when he discovered God’s grace is sufficient for him to weather the pressure of persecution and trials arising because of his faith in Christ.
Jesus assures us that our Heavenly Father hears us and will respond to us even if our prayers and faith are not perfect. The true power of prayer comes from God Himself. That is God bestows sonship on us so that we pray every time from a secured position of righteousness.
Even if our prayers are not answered in the exact way we want, we can still trust God to answer them in the way that is best for us. After all, our Father is perfect and all that He does for us will be for our benefit.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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