“Our Father, who art in heaven”
Pray the Lord’s Prayer. Don’t just say it.
After all, who are you addressing? The almighty, everlasting God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, the One Who gives every good and perfect gift! He is none other than the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and He can do exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ever ask or even think.
Therefore you are never alone or forsaken in this world. Your Father’s eye watches you, His hand protects you, and His heart loves you with an everlasting love. Whatever troubles arise, you can go to Him and pour out your innermost cries. He cares. He cares for you. Speak to Him as dear children ask their dear Father. “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are” (1 John 3:1).
We could not pray to our heavenly Father if it were not for Jesus our Brother. He is the Way to the throne of grace. Because of His sacrifice on the cross and His triumphant resurrection, we can approach the just and holy God and call Him “Father.” No one comes to the Father except through Jesus.
Non-Christians cannot pray the Lord’s Prayer. Although they may say it, they cannot pray it. No one can come to God as Father without faith in Christ, given by the Holy Spirit through His Word. But the Spirit leads God’s people to cry, “Abba, Father.”
So our Lord Jesus taught us a prayer to pray to our Father. Our Father who art in heaven!
Edited from a Nebraska District devotion by Rev. Norman Hannemann.
Pastor Harter was asked about prayer. He created this way to work through having "Having a Good Prayer" for someone that may be unfamiliar with praying alone. If you would like a copy of the PDF to print for yourself or share, please click here to download.
These short devotions were written by Rev. Jeff Harter as a series aired on Facebook during the 2020 Covid-19 crisis. May you find in them peace, strength, meaning, confidence, and hope from our ever-present almighty and all-loving God. To God be the glory!
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