Praying

Talk to God as your Father
When His disciples said, “Teach us to pray,” Yahushua began His lesson in prayer by giving them a brief outline of some of the most important things to pray about on a daily basis. Commonly called the “Lord’s prayer,” Yahushua’ instruction is found in Luke:11:2-4 and Matthew:6:9-13.

Note that Yahushua suggested that the most frequent way that we are to address God is as “our Father in heaven.” We can and should have many relationships with God, which are revealed by the names and titles for God found in Scripture. But the most important relationship is that of our Father— an all-loving and perfect father.

All human beings can and should think of God as their Father since He is their Creator. And as their relationship with God becomes closer, that father-child relationship builds to deeper and more intimate levels.
So how should we talk to God? He wants us to come to Him as a beloved parent. We should feel confident, secure, understood, appreciated and loved in coming before Him. When we talk with our physical fathers, we are not repetitious or scripted, we don’t use an unnatural syrupy tone or a monotone. And we don’t use archaic language because we think it sounds more religious. Neither is this necessary with God.

Our heavenly Father cherishes prayers offered with complete honesty and sincerity, even if they include respectful complaints. The prayers in the book of Psalms certainly portray candid honesty.

When people pray nice words while thinking and doing contradictory things, they apparently think God can’t read minds. When we use our tongue to “bless our God and Father, and [to] curse men,” our prayer is counted as hypocrisy (James:3:9-12,17; see also Matthew:7:21-23).

Imagining what God is like is relatively easy for someone who has had a loving and attentive earthly father. Admittedly, it is much more difficult, especially at first, for someone whose parental experience has been with a cold, uncommunicative, abusive or absentee father.
Such a person should make a major effort to learn what an ideal father is like and establish that picture in his or her mind’s eye. Some inspiring and encouraging descriptions of God as our heavenly Father are found in Matthew:7:9-11; John:3:16-17; James:1:5, 17; 1 John:4:8-19.; Psalm 103 and Luke:15:11-32

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