- Pastor Rolf Woodard
Daily Inspiration Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Pray then like this: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name…" Matthew 6:9
Jesus taught us to pray, "Our Father in heaven…" (Matthew 6:9). Prayer will only work in the context of this relationship where we recognize God as our loving Father and Jesus as our Friend and Brother and Savior.
John Bunyan once said: “Prayer is a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the soul to God, through Christ in the strength and assistance of the Spirit, for such things as God has promised.” Jesus made it clear that prayer is simply speaking and listening to your heavenly Father, respectfully but openly, just as He did. It is the natural expression of our heart that expresses the intimacy that flows spontaneously from our love for him. We come as children of God, as members of the royal family of God, and not as beggars or strangers. Therefore, when we pray, we should expect that God will answer our prayers.
Final Thought Answered prayer is how He manifests Himself in our lives and makes this relationship personal. "For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him" (2 Chronicles 16:9).
Prayer Father, thank You for sending Your Son Jesus as a model for all aspects of my life. Thank You that I too am able to come to You as Your child. May my prayers be like Christ's. This I pray, In Jesus’ Name, Amen.