Shalom,

 

          We search for answers to many situations in life. Many times we find ourselves troubled about life, sickness, fear, and in states of worry. We agonize feeling depressed, searching for answers over and over again finding ourselves right back where we started. The question is, did we pray? You say, sometimes we don’t know what to pray. Jesus in his wisdom gave us the perfect prayer to pray in all cases. In Matthew six nine through thirteen, Jesus explained: “Pray, then, in this way,” (Matt. 6:9 NASB). Christ knew best what we ought to pray for, and how we ought to pray. Christ knew what manner would please God. Christ knew this would also help us in a universal form. This prayer comprehends all our wants, articulates all our official requirements. This prayer is a full index and full exercise of our heartfelt devotions.

                The Lord’s Payer consists of three parts:   

  • The preface
  • The petitions
  • The conclusion

          Today we tackle preface of the Lord’s Prayer: “Our Father who art in heaven” lays the foundation for prayer. This line encompasses what we must first know about God before we can pray in confidence of being heard. This also points out our faith, our humility, and love of God. This is also the example of how humanity is to approach God in Prayer.

          We look at Our Father who is good, and has grace for all of us. God who is our creator, preserver; and who is Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and of us through Christ, which means we are God’s children by adoption, and grace. God is not only Father of us as children of God; God is also Father of the angels and the universes as well. “Who art in heaven” the Father in heaven, the one filling heaven and earth, monitor of all things in heaven and earth; knowing every creature and all their works, and every possible event from everlasting to everlasting.

 

May we pray with confidence to the one who loves us as we are, no matter where we are.

 

Our Father who Art in Heaven hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory are yours forever. Amen.    

 Peace and Grace

 

Pastor Ed