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Our Father
April 29, 2021, 2:07 PM

In Matthew 6 and Luke 11, the Lord teaches us how to pray.  He does not give a prayer to recite, but a strategy for prayer, a blueprint to guide our prayers.  And it starts with an expression of relationship:  Father.  If Jesus is your Lord and Savior, you have a right relationship with God.  You don’t have to wonder if He cares, you have the confidence of calling to Him as Father in prayer—and He will listen as a loving Father to you as His child.  He will listen and act.

That is the assurance of His love and concern that God wants you to have as you draw near to Him in prayer.  “Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba!  Father!” (Galatians 4:6).  That truth is the right foundation in prayer.

It’s what Moses prayed in Psalm 90:14, “O satisfy us in the morning with Your love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.”  As you begin prayer focusing on the love of God, you will experience that joy—in your prayers and in your life.  This will make all the difference in your prayers and in your life, as you focus with faith, joy, and gratitude on the love God has for you.  You begin your prayers as Jesus says, “Father,” realizing all that means, thanking Him for His love that because of Christ, allows you to call Him Father, rejoicing in His love, relying on His love, abiding in His love.  And that will propel the rest of your prayer.

May the joy of the Father’s love be yours in abounding measure!

Pastor Ron Prosise

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