The Word — Daily conversation with God
Published 9:00 am Sunday, August 28, 2022
Last week we talked about how the gospel is not complicated. I hope it assisted you and helped you to be very active in your faith this past week. We are here to go and to share the gospel all for the glory of God! Now, let us look at prayer.
Jesus demonstrated prayer all through his life. We see time set aside and dedicated to prayer. He even gave instruction on how to pray. Most of us are familiar with the Lords’ Prayer located in Matthew chapter 6. It starts, “Our Father…”.
Incredibly we are instructed that just as God is Jesus’ Father- we too are to address God as our Father. The Greek translation is Abba which means Daddy. So, we pray to him as if talking to our Daddy.
When you listen to a persons’ prayer, it tells you about their relationship with God. Some Christians are new to the concept of prayer. Others are educated and use flamboyant words to express themselves to God. Then others are just talking to their dad. We learn through Jesus’ instruction that we are not following some memorized, vain repetition, grand speech when speaking with God. Rogers gives a great illustration, “Suppose…my daughter said… Oh, hail thou eminent pastor of…I beseech that thou wouldest grant to thy daughter, whom thou lovest, some financial assistance…”. Most of us would say, “What?”. A better way to speak to any of us would be a regular conversation. Do not confuse this-I am not saying be disrespectful. However, I am saying just talk to God- that is what he loves us to do. Share our lives as we live them out. Simple examples: Hey Dad, how are you doing today? I love you! I have a problem; can you please help me? This we can all understand. Does God understand the other? – absolutely, but God does not make communication with him hard.
In fact, the Word says, “And when you are praying, do not use thoughtless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard because of their many words.” (Matthew 6:7) Prayer is not hard. God already knows what is going on in our lives, but he still desires for us to talk with him and include him. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
As Christ Followers may we remember that God is our father. Literally, he is our dad. May we find freedom this week and have wonderful fellowship with him as we include him in our daily conversations.
Yvette Perrin can be reached at theword2yvette@ gmail.com.