“Our Father who art in heaven….”(Matthew 6:9)
Praying to The Living God.
The God to whom we direct our prayers is not a home-made god. People have home-made gods. Their gods are perfect in their eyes because they never condemn but always praise their prideful actions. No such thing as ethics and morality is defined by home-made gods except that which the creative person says is right or wrong. The individual dictates to his god what defines it. The living God of the Bible is not popular because He is the opposite of the home-made images.
Who The Living God Is
The living God to whom we pray is the God of the global flood, the Creator who authorized the death plague on the first-born Egyptians. He is also the God who wrote the ten commandments with His finger, But Moses had to rewrite them, after the law-giving prophet discovered the people worshiping a home-made golden calf.
Created In His Image
The God to whom we are learning to pray created you in His own image. Male and female. He is the God who sent His special Son to suffer a human life, to die an undeserved human death at the murderous hands of his own peculiar people. Still, God. The God to whom we pray is the God of all comfort and mercy – and He is serious about granting peace that surpasses our limited understanding.
Father God’s Name
Father God’s Name is to be hallowed. Hallowed means to be consecrated or set apart for worship or for religious purpose. Perhaps, holy comes closer to explaining this word. Father, Son and Holy Spirit are united as the One Eternal God, whom alone is worthy of our prayers and praise. No created thing or animal is worthy of our adoration and praise. No, I say again, NO mortal is worthy of being called Reverend. The Bible reserves that title for God – God alone.
“He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.”Psalm 111:9 (KJV)
God, and none other, is Reverend. He alone is Awesomely feared and respected with a godly awe.
Directing Prayer to the Father
Prayer is to be directed to the Father through the Son. God sent His Son, whom He named Jesus. Jesus in Aramaic means Jehovah saves. This majestic King of souls is the greatest high-priest, superior in every fashion man could ever come with. No clergy laity system is in the Bible. No priesthood except the royal priesthood of all fellow believers, according to 1 Peter 2:9. Nobody is worthy of a religious title. We are all brothers and sisters equal at the foot of the cross and baptized into an equal share of grace (Galatians 3:27-28). This is all to say, we may go to God’s throne of mercy and grace because of what Jesus has done on our behalf. Prayer is to be directed to the living God through the resurrected, living Son.
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”Hebrews 4:14-16 (KJV)
Three important points you need to walk away with from this lesson.
1. The Living God is listening to you: Push aside all that worldliness of the home-made god and train your spirit to look up to focus on the real personal God who can actually change your life. The whole reason prayer hasn’t worked for people might be they have been praying to the wrong god. If all your trust is in a god sewn out of your own imagination, it has no real ability to affect change in your life. The self-help people say the power to change is within you. Wrong! The real dynamo is with the mercy, comfort and grace of the All-Reverend God who has sovereign power of providence at His disposal.
2. Our Living God understands you: Since He created you in His image don’t you think He has the patent? There’s that old cliche “I know I’m somebody because God doesn’t make junk.” God loves you the way you are. And if any changing is to be in the making, it will be Him molding you into the image of Christ’s righteousness. Righteous means right-living.
3. The Living God cares about you: He knows your pain. Your guilt is not hidden from him. But neither is your acts of faith and love. He knows your hopes and aspirations. God knows you need bread to feed your family and gas for your car. Rather than worrying when our next paycheck will come, we place trust in the caring Father who is our personal God.
This series presents the Lord’s model prayer He teaches to His disciples as a formal method of praying. But God is a personal God. You don’t have to go to a confessional booth to speak to Him. Sitting in the assembly on Sunday is not the exclusive place you may pray to the Divine. You can pray anywhere at anytime.This series presents the Lord’s model prayer He teaches to His disciples as a formal method of praying. But God is a personal God. You don’t have to go to a confessional booth to speak to Him. Sitting in the assembly on Sunday is not the exclusive place you may pray to the Divine. You can pray anywhere at anytime.
Continue to Lesson Two: Pray for The Coming Kingdom
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