A Heavenly Relationship

Devote yourselves to prayer.
Colossians 4:2

The Bible places great emphasis on prayer. We read many examples of how important prayer was to Jesus (Luke 5:16). We are taught that prayer should be for God’s benefit and not to gain favor in the eyes of men (Matthew 6:5–6), and that we need not use “many words” in an attempt to impress Him (v. 7). We are even given examples of the words we should use (vv. 9–13).

But why, exactly, is prayer so important to our Lord? Incredibly, it is an expression of His desire to have a relationship with us. Though it is impossible to explain why, our Lord wishes to know us intimately—to have a personal, two-way conversation with each of His children. Though He can read our minds, He wants us to seek Him, to love Him, and to talk with Him daily. The reason is that there is no relationship in eavesdropping!

As a father or mother, you naturally desire a close relationship with your kids. You appreciate hearing about their new discoveries and joys. When they tell you they are afraid, you quickly offer reassurance. Our heavenly Father, who loves us even more than we love our own children, responds to our prayers in the same way. Scripture tells us that “the prayer of the upright pleases him” (Proverbs 15:8). That’s true for you, your spouse, and your kids. Let’s please our loving Lord by seeking Him often in prayer.

Before you say good night…

  • How is your prayer relationship with the Lord?
  • How can you encourage each other, and your kids, to pray more often?

Heavenly Father, we are humbled that You would desire a personal relationship with us. We so want to enjoy holy intimacy with You. Help our family draw closer to You through the privilege of prayer. Amen.

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This devotional is taken from Night Light for Parents. Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reservedUsed with permission.