60in60: Day 48

Mark Driscoll: Pray Like Jesus/The Lord’s Prayer

If we want to learn how to pray, who else is better to learn from than Jesus himself?  Don’t look to religious people to learn how to pray. 

And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.

- Matthew 6:7 ESV

Man, I think I may be guilty of this.  I know people who certainly do pray for an incredibly long time.  We don’t pray like a mantra but we are given a template.

If we don’t understand who we’re praying to, praying would be so confusing.  God is a dad, and prayer is talking to your dad.  Not a dad, as comparable to earthly fathers but a heavenly dad and an ultimately good dad indeed.  It’s sad how in our society there is a slew of bad fathers, but God is a good father. 

Sing to God, sing in praise of his name,
   extol him who rides on the clouds;
   rejoice before him—his name is the LORD.
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
   is God in his holy dwelling.

- Psalm 68:4-5 NIV

I think I needed to hear this sermon.  God’s a loving dad and we whom have been adopted into his family through Jesus (Romans 8:15), can address him as such a good father.  Jesus cried out, “Abba!” to his Father in the Garden of Gesthsemane, on that night before his crucifixion.

"Abba!" is the equivalent of crying out, "Daddy!"  What closeness!  When I teach the children on Sundays, for that span of 1.5 hours I become like a third father to them (their first being the Lord and the second being their earthly biological fathers).  Yet when they call for help, I bend my ears down and hear them.  They don’t need to babble and reason out their needs and desires.  I hear them and know what they need, and out of my choice and knowledge, I decide what is best for them as I act as a sort of substitute father during that span of 90 minutes. 

The dependency that children have upon their parents is so easily dismissed by those whom have grown up.  It is little wonder that Jesus said:

"Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it."

Mark 10:14-15 ESV

Let the way we pray reflect this.

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