Monday, July 26, 2021

Praying to Our Heavenly Father

 By: Joanne Viola

"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
(Matthew 7:11, NASB)

Over the last seven Mondays, we have been exploring the subject of prayer. Today we are looking at the relational aspect of prayer.

“Our Lord bases prayer on personal relationship. He taught us to call God our Father, and the implication of sonship changes the who aspect of prayer.”

(Samuel Chadwick, The Path of Prayer, page 40)

Much the way we go to our earthly fathers with our needs and cares, we are encouraged to go to God as our Father. In our relationship with God, we gain an accessibility, an intimacy, and a love that goes beyond any earthly relationship.

We can make our requests knowing our Father will always have our best interests at heart in the way He responds.

Jesus, in sharing the above words from Matthew 7, brought to our attention the care of the Father upon each of His children. He made known the Father’s joy in responding to each of us, encouraging us to come to Him with all our cares and concerns. Nothing is too small. Nothing insignificant.

“Because we pray to our Heavenly Father in the secret place of prayer, we may pray with the artless unreserve of little children. There is nothing about which we may not prayer. We pray as His children, and we trust Him as our Heavenly Father.”

(Samuel Chadwick, The Path of Prayer, page 44)

We pray as little children,
who rejoice in our Father’s greatness,
and in the majesty of His power.

(adapted from Samuel Chadwick)


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  1. I am so glad God is a God who wants to be our Father, who wants to listen to us, heal our hurts, and fill us to overflowing with His love. We are so blessed, friend! ~ Maryleigh

  2. I so agree, Maryleigh! His compassion towards us, His children, is overwhelming!

  3. This is my favorite way to think of God and prayer--I'm a child coming to my Father, who cares about me and gives me the best, even when His answer is "No."

    1. Yes, Barbara, even when the answer is "No." Such an important reminder.


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