Luke 11:2 (NKJV) So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
Christianity is more of a relationship than a religion; in Christianity our God is our Father, our Father is our God. The highest position God celebrates is the position of a Father. The Old Testament saints called Him God, they never knew Him as a Father, but the Lord Jesus Christ revealed God to us as our Father.
Father is the highest revelation of all ages. He says, So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.” Do you see Him as your Father? How do you approach Him? How you see Him, will affect how you approach Him.
The Key to Effective Prayer
Your effectiveness in the place of prayer depends on the understanding of your relationship with Him. God can be approached in three ways in the place of prayer- Firstly you can approach God as your Master; it means you come as a servant.
You can approach God as your friend that was what Abraham did when he interceded for Sodom and Gomorrah; and you can approach God as your Father, this is what Jesus recommended.
What a servant cannot get in the place of prayer a friend will. What a friend fails to receive in the place of prayer, a son will. Jesus concluded His teaching with a parable of a man that went in the night to ask his friend for bread to buttress His point.
This man would not have received what he asked for, even though he is a friend, if he did not persist. When he presented his request, his friend said to him, I am in bed with my children; I cannot rise to give to you. When he persisted he got the bread. Meanwhile, the children are sleeping in the midst of what the friend is asking for.
Father, I thank You, because You are my Father. Help me to live in the consciousness of this truth, in Jesus’ name.
Let’s Talk About It:
In what ways do our relationship with our earthly father impact on our consciousness of God as our Father?