Those who are saved by the grace that is in Jesus Christ, once we know that we can enter into the presence of God at any time, we must first put aside our human emotions. This sounds so contrary to the ideas of this day! We are led by our emotions! We do and act as we feel and express them without regard for others, unless we discover that we can potentially harm others, and then we are encourage to suppress such feelings! Let us put aside how we feel for a moment.
For we know that God is the same today, yesterday, and for all time. Hebrews 13:8
Whether we feel like He is there, or He is far from us, we know that He is near because our faith has brought us to a real relationship in Him. John 10:27-28
While we can approach our Father at any time and I would say that even a gracious Father would hear an angry child bursting in upon Him, it is important to approach Him with respect. Not because He demands it, but because He is worthy of such respect.
Jesus taught his disciples how to pray and approach our God. Matthew 6:9-13
This is a template for every prayer we pray!
Even Jesus said, after this manner therefore pray. Matthew 6:9
We address the Father in heaven. Matthew 6:9
The unbelievers will pray to other gods or just allow their words to head out into the universe for some deity or being or force to hear.
You and I, we are believers in Jesus Christ, and we thusly know our Father in heaven. We address God this way to remind us to whom we are praying.
We then continue to acknowledge Him with with adoration and worship. Matthew 6:9
We then proclaim His kingdom to come, and His will to be done in earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10
How do we know His will? By one, first coming to know Him through Christ, second that by reading the word of God, the Bible, and third by listening to His voice through these first two revelations. We do not pray for our will, or our desires, we pray for the ultimate will of God to occur upon the earth as it is done in heaven. Micah 6:8, 1 John 1:9, 2 Peter 3:9, John 3:15-17, 1 Timothy 2:3-4, 1 Thessalonians 5:18
It is not until we have spent some time in acknowledging God’s divinity, worship, and praying for His will that we should ask for anything for ourselves. Not because we do not need, but because we have already received so much, i.e. Mercy, grace, redemption, love… Yet, we still need that connection between us and our Father, that daily bread. Matthew 6:11 Mathew 4:4, Luke 4:4, Deuteronomy 8:2-3 In order to hear, we must spend some time listening. Our request is not for the things we think we need, but what we need from God and in His wisdom what we need. How do we know where to get this bread? How often do we speak to God, but do not allow Him to speak to us?
When we ask, we must ask in Jesus name. John 14:13-14
We must remind ourselves that we do not deserve what we have been given. That we have received mercy and grace in abundance and this is why we can approach our heavenly Father. If we continually ask and ask and ask from our heavenly Father, but never give a moment for the answer, are we truly listening?
We are to forgive others before our Father as we ask for forgiveness for ourselves. Matthew 6:12
Are you reluctant to forgive others? Why?
Do you believe that some sins are unforgivable that have been committed against you? Why?
How deep does the Father’s love go? Does it extend to these people?
Should we also forgive those who have sinned against us, even as we have been forgiven?
Do you think that unforgiveness between people is because they do not truly understand the love that God has for them?
Do you believe that problems within the church stem from people not having a depth of understanding of Christ’s love?
Do you believe that problems between friends are because they do not exhibit a knowledge of true love from Christ?
Do you believe that all problems are caused because of not having a true understanding of the depth and width of God’s love?
If we cast aside our human love and put on God’s love, and asked God to help us to see the world as He does, how do you think our view would change? How would it change your life? Is it scary to ask to see things from God’s point of view?
Lastly, we are to ask God to lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. When we ask God such things, we find that opportunities that seem good at the time will become scarce or not possible for us to participate, only to find out later that the opportunity was not what it seemed at the time. When we find ourselves in a pit, we are to ask for Him to deliver us, and He will. Matthew 6:13
Finally, we finish our prayers with more acknowledgement of God’s divine will, purpose and glory. We finish as we began, with worship, for our God is. Revelation 22:13
Let us spend time practicing this approach in our daily prayers and communication with God.
May it be with sincerity of heart and with full faith.
Until next time, may you grow in faith and peace.