God dropped a thought in my mind this morning as I was thinking about prayer. When Jesus’ disciples had asked Him to teach them how to pray, these are the first words that came out of His mouth.
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Those 2 words, “Our Father” just seemed to jump out of this verse. “Father” signifies a relationship. The first thing that makes a father a father, is the fact that he has a child or children. I thought about the attributes of a good father.
A good father will………………
provide for your needs
sometimes indulge your wants
listen when you come to him with your cares
will offer helpful advice to you
wants to help comfort you when you’re hurting
delights to share in your joys
is firm, but loving at the same time
Although asking is a part of prayer, there is so much more to it than that. God as our Heavenly Father wants to hear of our joys, hear of our struggles, comfort us when we’re hurting and will give us the best advice in the world through His Word, if we will just listen. May we seek to cultivate that special relationship with God, our Father.