We begin our prayers worshiping God for who He is and what He has done. We lavish Him with affection and love as we basked in His holy presence.
First and foremost, as God’s children, we enjoy an intimate and confident relationship with Him. He delights in spending time with us and welcomes us into His arms when we pray. He comforts us when we suffer and rejoices with us when we celebrate. He desires honesty; there’s nothing to hide. He created us and knows our every thought, feeling and action. Because we know His great love, we come to Him in faith, assured that He will only allow what is best for us in our lives.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
“Our Father” means we must always put God first. This is one of the Ten Commandments.” You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:3)
We are commanded to seek God first above all other desires.” But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
“Our Father” reflects the power of our God:
He is the creator of the heavens and the earth.
He holds the seven seas in the palm of His hand.
He weighs the mountains in a scale and the hills in balance.
He calls the stars by name.
He is the God of grace and truth.
He is the God of might and majesty.
“Our Father” means we are a family. In a family, there is a Father who is the head of the household. God is the head of us. He is our Father. We need to look to Him for our answers.
“Our Father” means God is the source of all spiritual authority.” Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.” (Romans 13:1)
You are either under spiritual authority or in rebellion against it. If you are not under spiritual authority, then you will never know God’s favor.
“Our Father” means God is real.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He exists, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
“Our Father” means God is never changes
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
Rev. P. Benjamin Jr. 5/12/14 (will be continued)