The Super Natural Life – prayers for strength, words of wisdom, daily bible reading

The Super Natural Life – prayers for strength, words of wisdom, daily bible reading

Praying With Jesus. Lent: Days 1-7

Matthew 6:9-13

“Our Father who art in Heaven…” Let’s start this Ash Wednesday on a prayer journey.

We call it “the Lord’s prayer.”  But actually, it is our prayer, taught to us by Jesus.  It is a beautiful template to guide our conversation with the almighty, eternal God.  Jesus begins the prayer with a radical call: “Our Father.”  This is startling for two reasons.  First, he says “our” including each of us in an invitation to address God as kindred.  Further, we are invited to call God “Father.”

This was a startling invitation.  The Jews would not even utter God’s name.  And here Jesus is inviting us to a level of intimacy we can hardly fathom.  In Gethsemane Jesus goes even further calling out to God as “Abba” – the word the little Hebrew children used for “Daddy.”


But prayer to God as “Father” is not always easy, especially if we had a difficult time relating to our earthly fathers.  Awkward as it is, we are beckoned with this command.  And in fact only in this relationship can we find healing from our hurts and disappointments from our own fathers.  In God we find a father who is what a father is suppose to be.  God the father is:

  • The source of our life (John 3:3)
  • Supplier of all we need (Matthew 6:31-33)
  • The one who rightly disciplines us (Hebrews 12:5-11)
  • The one who grants us an inheritance (Romans 8:15-17)
  • The one who gives us abounding affection (I John 3:1, Luke 15:20-24)

Some things to do:
We being our prayer journey by addressing God, the maker of all, as Father.  Through this week take time to speak out loud to him as “Father.”  As you drive to work or wash the dishes or lie down to sleep whisper the word “Father.”  And as the week moves on grow more bold in this. Try speaking to him as Jesus did.  Say “Daddy…”  How does it seem?


Some things to talk about:
Why is it challenging for us to think of and speak of God as our “Daddy”?
What can we do to “spur each other on” to experience this reality more deeply?


Our Father, teach us to be comfortable with the truth of Your intimate love for us, to embrace You as Daddy. To receive our identity from You and You alone. And out of that intimacy and identity, to live the life Your Son died to give us, with His joy embedded deep within us.


Comments Post the First Comment »
post a comment

Comments are closed.

Previous Posts

Good Morning, Jesus
I rise this morning, tired and weary, to another day of battle. Before I face it, I sleepily enter into the folds of Your garment. You stand with arms open to me. I shuffle forward and feel Your warmth surround me. In this secret, ...

posted 6:20:28pm Nov. 19, 2013 | read full post »

How do I fight and win my battles?
Two particular stories in Scripture came to mind this morning as I was contemplating this question. One is from 2 Kings 18 and 19. King Sennacherib of Assyria was threatening King Hezekiah and the city of Jerusalem. His menacing words ...

posted 2:42:25am Sep. 25, 2013 | read full post »

A Posthumous Lesson from Dad
A few weeks ago I found some goblets at my favorite antique store, “The Crooked Willow” just outside the little town where we work, Osakis, Minnesota. One of them was undoubtedly my Dad’s glasscutting work. I knew this would happen one ...

posted 6:25:20pm Sep. 20, 2013 | read full post »

Rest and the Rest will Follow
Click here to listen in on our conversation "Rest and the rest will follow!"  ...

posted 12:49:52pm Mar. 23, 2013 | read full post »

Jesus Flunks PR 101
Click here to listen in on our conversation "Jesus Flunks PR 101." He's anything but politically correct! ...

posted 12:48:30pm Mar. 22, 2013 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.