Matthew 6 v 9 – 13
9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. 10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (ESV)
The power of the first six words ‘Our Father who is in heaven’:
- They speak about a relationship.
When we are saved we immediately become children of our all-powerful heavenly Father.
- They speak of a reality.
Our Father is real and is Who He is – always in our ‘right now’.
- They speak about a realisation.
Our Father occupies a position of power and supremacy.
We should enter His presence:
a. humbly – in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
b. confidently – in simple faith.
c. worshipfully – remembering Who we are speaking to – the Almighty God.
d. hopefully – turning our attention to the eternal homeland that awaits us.
This world is not our home, we are just passing through to our heavenly eternal home.
- They speak about a responsibility (our Father).
We are to carry one another’s burdens before the throne of grace, praying for the family of God.
Have you learnt the secret of resting in your prayer life?