I just received a great revelation concerning prayer that has easily been overlooked for all of my life and maybe yours too. This revelation has been nestled inside of the model prayer that Jesus taught the disciples for our capture at any time.
When I think about this powerful insight into prayer, it unlocks Jesus’ authority and gives reason for how his prayers were always effective. His prayers were always laced with unshakable faith and they were released from the proper position in his identity. How he positioned himself in prayer from the start allowed him to immediately activate his faith for Father God to respond. This level of faith is essential and promises a response. It is written in scripture,
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
The revelation of this is seen at the opening phrase of the model prayer:
“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matthew 6:9-13)
“OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN” is a very powerful way to open up your conversation with God.
*We have to consider that Jesus did not tell the disciples to repeat after him. He told them to PRAY LIKE HIM. This was a model for the way we should pray.*
The very first thing that needs to be settled in our prayer lives is that we are communing with GOD as a GOOD Father. We are entering into the conversation from a relational position of sonship. This alleviates the need for performance, religious piousness, or the uncertainty of your prayers being heard. You are speaking with the ALMIGHTY GOD who considers you as HIS OWN.
Jesus did not pray amidst, nor did he pray with a desperate and wandering hope. He prayed like a son who was connected to a father who he had deep intimacy with. His prayer life was filled with a deep level of knowing. Adoration, Confession, & Supplication all are subsequential to that truth.
Even as we prioritize the Kingdom, it’s reality being made manifested comes through us once we acknowledge God as Father and have come alive to our sonship identity. For what he wants to be done, he sends the sons.
When we ask God for provision, we should do that from the knowledge that he is a good father and withholds no good thing from His children. We are calling out begging God in fear that he won’t answer or anxious that he will no show up on time. We pray like we have the assurance of David when he said: “ I have never seen the righteous forsaking nor his seed begging for bread.” (Psalm 37:25)
When we pray for forgiveness, we are no longer praying as sinners, but as children maturing and leaning into the long-suffering mercy of our Father. We pray, not from a place of condemnation and separation, but with peace because our debts have been paid for and are covered by His love. We perpetuate that love by replicating His fatherly love through releasing others from our personal debt.
When we pray for protection from the consuming power of temptation and delivering us from the evil one, we do so from the position of knowing that the Father has no pleasure is us being drawn away from Him and only allows us to be placed in situations for strength just as he did with Jesus in Matthew 4. The scripture also says,
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
When we pray throughout our day or week, we may not focus on all of these things at one time, but what we should always keep in focus when do pray is that the GOD in Heaven that we pray to is OUR FATHER. Let’s make it a habit to no gloss over that part. In fact, if we allow ourselves to just stop and have a selah moment there, the Father’s heart will be open to us and he will lead our prayers on a deeper level.
This is how Jesus Prayed. This is how we ought to pray. Pray like sons.