God Our Father | Matthew 6: 5-15
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Matthew 6:8 (ESV)
8 Don’t be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Meaning: Prayer is not a way to bring about our will, but to seek understanding of how God’s will is being done in our lives.
I Thessalonians 5: 16-18 (ESV)
16 Always be full of joy. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Whatever happens, always be thankful. This is how God wants you to live in Christ Jesus.
Meaning: In good times and bad, we should always pray and rejoice for the blessings God has given to us.
God, our loving Father, has given us the gift of prayer so we can get to know Him better. God, our Father, has adopted us into His family. For all the blessings He bestows upon us, all He asks is that we work to have a relationship with Him through prayer.
Our Father Wants Us to Experience His Presence: When we pray for God’s will to be done, we are recognizing that He knows what is best for us. When we stop trying to make things work out the way we want them and let God take over, we get to see our lives as God intended them to be.
Our Father Wants to Provide for Our Every Need: When we find ourselves in need of something, we don’t need to worry. God knows of our needs before we even do, and He will find a way to provide them for us. We should bring such needs to God in prayer.
Our Father Wants to Protect Us From Our Enemy: God protects us from evil in many ways. Until we get to Heaven, we’ll never really know everything that God does to keep us happy and safe. He also helps us by showing us right and wrong so that we can make good choices. Making good choices keeps us out of trouble. The more we talk to God through prayer, the more good choices we will be able to make.
Dear Father God, thank You so much for wanting to have a relationship with us. Thank You for providing us with an example of how to pray. Help us to keep an open conversation with You throughout all our days. We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.
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