Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Lord's Prayer: Fellowship with God

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

The Lord’s Prayer is a miraculous blessing that Jesus gave His disciples to help us as we speak with God. We were created to have fellowship with our Father in heaven. What an honor!

Jesus wanted us to have a beautiful example of the intimate relationship that we were created to share with our Maker.

It is amazing to me that the God that created everything from the furthest star to the smallest particle wants to know me, talk with me, and cherish me in the same way that my own father loves and cares for me.

The Lord’s Prayer shows me my position as a child of God and gives me principles that I can carry into every prayer as I talk with the Father.

My parents began teaching me and my siblings at an early age to pray reverently and openly with God. As I have grown older I have recognized that that they used Jesus’ example to teach us the correct way to fellowship with Him.

Since beginning this study on the Lord’s Prayer I have been blessed by the many ways that its principles are carried into every part of my fellowship with the Father. The greatest blessing over the past few weeks has been to take one phrase of the Lord’s Prayer at a time and pour out my heart to Him as I put the prayer into my own words and personalize it with my particular circumstances and requests. This can take a long time, but it is completely worth it as I share every part of my life with God.

Our Father is amazing! “He is ever lending generously (Psalms 37:26),” and there is so much to thank Him for. We praise His name, for He is good!

When I pray “Your will be done” I ask that His will would be done in my country, community, and church. I pray for my future, and believe me; this topic alone can take a long time! There is so much to cover! Tell God everything. He is the friend that sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24) He wants us to trust Him completely, and He is always a ready confidant.

I pray for each of my friends and relatives by name. I ask God that His will would be done in their lives and they would be effective witnesses for Him. Or, if they are unbelievers I pray that they would realize their sin, repent, and become part of Christ’s Kingdom. My list includes playmates I have not seen in eight years, friends I see frequently, and now, people from the blogosphere that I have never met but have come to know through their writing.

“Our daily bread” is almost a never ending topic. God always provides, and Psalms 37:25 says, “I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.” I pray that my father’s work would be successful and he would be favored and trusted. God is faithful! Every concern from the nitty-gritty to the gigantic can be covered under “Our daily bread.”

It is always humbling to repent of sin, but it is absolutely necessary to our walk with the Lord. It is also humbling and heart changing to pray for all of your “enemies;” those that irritate you, rub you the wrong way, or have harmed you in the past. Pray for them. It isn’t easy, but God expects us to forgive and pray for our enemies (Matthew 5:44). God will use this to draw us closer to Him, and it opens the flood gates of His own forgiveness for our sins.

The last thing we want is mechanical prayer. God is intimate and personal! He wants you to make Him your best friend, closest confidant, and loving Father. Always strive to grow in Christ and become closer to your Heavenly Father. Confide in Him! Trust Him! He will always be there for you.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Matthew 6:13b KJV


Anna Naomi said...

Thanks for sharing all these thoughts. Great post on prayer!

Char said...

Just wanted to leave you a comment... I'm a Christian girl from Oklahoma too! It's nice to see someone else from the same state. Your blog is lovely!