Connecting with God
September 15, 2009
"Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven….'"
When Jesus told his disciples to pray to their Father in heaven, it was a revolutionary idea to them as Jewish men.
Because up until then, the disciples knew God by other names like Adoni and Jehovah. And they knew God as Yahweh, which was his personal, covenant, and most holy name.
But now Jesus was saying to these men, "When you pray to this almighty God, start by saying, ‘Our Father in heaven.'" Jesus wanted them to grasp the intimate relationship they could have with God… a relationship much like an earthly father has with his children.
Jesus could have taught us to pray, "Our Creator who art in heaven"… as God is our creator. But no, Jesus said, "The secret to connecting with God starts by talking to God your Father"!
As God's child, you can be sure that he is listening for you to call his name in prayer. He is your Father who lives in heaven, you are his child, and he loves you!
AS GOD'S CHILD, YOU CAN BE SURE THAT HE IS LISTENING FOR YOU TO CALL HIS NAME IN PRAYER.
OUR THANKS TO YOU!
Do the words rested... peaceful... and refreshed describe you today? Or do the words stressed... rushed... and pressured better describe your way of life?
If you're like most Christians, you'd probably have to admit those last three words more accurately describe your life most of the time!
The good news is that it doesn't have to be this way... even when your life is one big pressure-cooker. And in my new book, Pause: Resting in God Instead of Stressing Out, I'll show you why.
Based on the principles from Paul's letter to the Philippians and Psalm 23, Pause: Resting in God Instead of Stressing Out will help you find true peace and rest in a world that is anything but peaceful and restful. It's the perfect "pause" button you need!
So please request your copy of Pause: Resting in God Instead of Stressing Out when you give online today! --Jack Graham