In Luke 11 Jesus models for us the kind of prayer life he had, how he saw God in the most intimate moments and the kind of Love he felt from his Father. His disciples had watched Him pray. They had taken note of the way he snuck off early in the morning or late at night to spend abundant time with his father. So, when they asked him, “teach us to pray,” Jesus gave them a beautiful answer that we now call the Lord’s prayer. Here is what Jesus said,
2 ...“When you pray, say:
“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread,
4 and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.” (Luke 11:2-4)
The foundation of Christian prayer is an understanding that God is a loving, gracious, powerful, providing father. He is the kind of father that loves so extravagantly that he didn’t count the cost of his own son too great a price to pay in order to adopt us as sons and daughters.
It is a tremendous treasure that we would be called the sons and daughters of the God of the universe. Think about it, whatever God says and thinks of Jesus, he also thinks and says of us in Christ.
You are his beloved child, with you he is well pleased in Christ.
Jesus has been given all authority in heaven and on earth and we share in that as sons and daughters of the most high God (Matt. 28).
The love with which the father loved Jesus has been extended to us in the cross of Christ (1 Jn 3:1).
What Joy we have in being called a son or daughter of God. Today, let us pray that we feel that love, that we rejoice in having a father like our God. Like Jesus, let us be people who pray not to a distant unfamiliar God but a God who reveals himself as a loving, caring, close father. He is our Father in Heaven. He is loving enough to care about your every need and powerful enough to do something about those needs.
How has God been a good father to you? Thank him through prayer.
What is hard about seeing God as your father? Confess that to Him and ask for help.
How can you rejoice in being a child of God today? Pray that God would fill you with joy in being his child.