"When you pray, you say Father!"
Three preachers sat discussing the best positions for prayer while a telephone repairman worked nearby. "Kneeling is definitely best," claimed one. "No," another contended. "I get the best results standing with my hands outstretched to Heaven."
"You're both wrong," the third insisted. "The most effective prayer position is lying prostrate, face down on the floor."
The repairman could contain himself no longer. "Hey, fellas, " he interrupted, "the best praying I ever did was hanging' upside down from a telephone pole 30 feet in the air!" That would be fervent prayer for sure!
In Luke 11:1 we read this: “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘“Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”’
Jesus responded by saying, “When you pray, you say “Father!” The first and foremostpurpose of prayer is to unite us with God, our Father. This is great news because God the Father is ever-present and therefore always desirous and positioned to connect with us in conversation. In the entire Old Testament, the relational term for God as Father is only used 15 times! Jesus comes on the scene and reveals the true nature of the Father’s heart. He uses the term “Father”65 times in the synoptic Gospels and over 100 times in the Gospel of John.
So when it came time to teach the disciples to pray, they understood that the power of prayer was going to come from a relationship (“Father” – 165 x’s) and dialogue with their heavenly father! (“Prayer” – 52x’s).
But if prayer is so important, why is it so difficult to pray?
The answer to that and so much more this Sunday! See you in the front row!