The object of our prayer - Bible Studies for Life for October 14, 2018
Bible Studies for Life
October 14, 2018
Matt. 6:9a; Psa. 103:1-5, 11-13, 19-22 (HCSB)
The disciples must have been fascinated, even intrigued, with Jesus’ prayer. He didn’t pray like the Pharisees who stood in the synagogue and on the street corners to be seen and heard (Matt. 6:1-5). The Pharisees’ way of praying was mechanical, impersonal and self-centered. Jesus’ praying was personal, relational and God-centered.
I was raised in a church where the Lord’s Prayer was part of the worship liturgy and was printed in our worship guides. We would recite it in unison every time we met for worship. It was recited in a mechanical and impersonal way. Jesus’ model prayer should not be recited in this way. Jesus wanted to move His disciples beyond prayer that was mechanical, impersonal and self-centered to prayer that was personal, relational and God-centered.
Prayer is a personal conversation with our heavenly Father. The model prayer begins with “Our Father in heaven.” This implies a father/child relationship. As our heavenly Father, God has the resources we need and the things we desire. Hebrews 11:6 says, “For the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.” And, when the Lord does reward or provide for us, it should elicit an anthem of praise from our lips (Heb. 13:15).
This same father/child relationship is seen in Psalm 103:13. David said, “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.” The word “compassion” comes from a Hebrew word that describes the tender love parents have for their children.
It is from this context that led David to give this anthem of praise. David praised God for forgiveness, healing, redemption, love, satisfaction and renewal
Our view of God will affect our attitude about prayer and the nature of our prayers. Our view of God will also determine if we think God will or will not answer our prayers.