Prayer is a means by which we connect with God. When I think about praying, the first prayer that comes to mind is “The Lord’s Prayer.” This prayer is often recited without considering how commanding the words actually are. To make our prayers more effective, today we are concentrating on “to whom” we are praying. Let us look at a few passages from the Bible that will help us to understand to whom we pray.
Matthew 6:9 (NIV)
This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…
I count myself lucky to have had an earthly father that was a truly selfless man. He was a great role model for generations of my family and showed unconditional love, so to pray to a heavenly Father brings good feelings. For others, this is not the case. Their fathers may have been abusive or completely absent. If you had a father like this, it may be difficult to understand that our heavenly Father makes up for everything earthly fathers lack, and then some. He treasures us more than he cherishes any of the creatures on the earth. Being able to call God, “Our Father” is intimate.
How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension!
God is the great “I AM,” he is the creator of all things, he is omnipresent, he is all-powerful, he is most high, he is majestic, his name is set apart as holy, he is all-knowing, he is the ultimate authority, and his understanding is beyond measure!
O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!
When we pray, we should pause to think about whom we are really praying to. God is the creator of all things. 70 Sextillion stars are in the Universe. That is seven (7) with 22 zeros: 70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000! That is only ONE of his creations. He created the earth and all that dwell within it. This should help us to understand that everything we pray for is within his power.
When we look at our prayers and examine them, they actually reveal a lot about our belief in God. If we have small prayers, maybe that is because we believe in a God that is only capable or interested in doing small things in our lives. However, when we know God and understand who he is, we are moved to believe that God can do great things through our prayers.
Do you realize who HE really is?
Do you know what HE is capable of?
What do your prayers reveal about your belief in God?
Jesus’ disciples saw how he prayed and noted his prayer was different from all others. They asked him to teach them to pray. Read Matthew 6:5-13 to learn the model prayer Jesus taught. As you read the verses, journal ideas that will guide you to expand your prayers, noting that God is all-powerful.
Dear Heavenly Father, give us wisdom to understand that you are all-powerful and everything we pray for, big or small, is within your power. Grant us courage to recognize your greatness and to use it to help us in our everyday lives. Help us to model our prayers after the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples to pray. In your Son’s name, we pray. Amen.
This post was written by Jennifer Macke. Jenn is the Real Estate Manager for Hancock County. She has a son, daughter, granddaughter, and grandson, and she thanks God every day for them. She feels blessed to be writing for the LivingItOut. She was raised in an Evangelical Church, but her spiritual life awakened when she started attending CedarCreek.
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