Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

The Realisation of Prayer (Part 1)

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

12th February 2012

In the ‘Lord’s Prayer’ Jesus helps us to realise some important aspects of prayer:

“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven’ (Matthew 6:9-10)

So what are we to realise about prayer from the opening of this model outline?

1. Realise that prayer is personal

“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father…’

God is our Father, we are His children adopted into His family.

‘For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:14–15)

When we talk to God we have a personal, intimate relationship with our ‘Abba Father’.

2. Realise that prayer is vertical

“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven…’

God is in supreme control and rules from heaven. Our prayers are to the One who is sovereign above all. This means He has the power to answer our prayers, but always within His sovereign will.

3. Realise that prayer is offered in honour and holiness

‘…hallowed be your name’

Our God is holy and we are to approach Him with awe and respect ensuring He receives full adoration.

Our prayers are to lift His name on high and give Him all the glory.

4. Realise that prayer is used in Kingdom expansion

‘…your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven’

Our prayers shouldn’t just be focused on us and our wants and desires. We are to long for God’s Kingdom to expand its influence in this world and for the coming of Jesus to bring in the Kingdom in all its fullness.

‘…seek first his kingdom and his righteousness’ (Matthew 6:33)

Have a good week realising the importance of prayer.

Pastor Barry

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