"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name." Matthew 6:9
What a comforting thought to know that the One we are praying to is someone we have a relationship with-- He is our Father. He is not someone who is unfamiliar with us. He is not someone who just passes in and out of our lives. He is not just a casual acquaintance. But He is our Heavenly Father.
When Jesus taught us to pray after this manner, He said to pray to "our Father". He didn't just say to pray to "His Father", but He called Him "our" Father- Jesus and ours both. This speaks of relationship with Jesus as well-- if you share a "Father" with someone, you have a relationship with them.
The whole desire and will of the Father is that we have a relationship with Him. This has always been His plan and He provided a way for this to be possible through His Son Jesus. "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." (John 1:12)
Is He "your Father"? Do you have a relationship with Him? This happens through the "born again" experience. This is why Jesus told Nicodemus that "you must be born again". You have to be born into God's family. The born again experience comes as we repent of our sins and put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ as the way of entrance into the family and relationship with the Father. From there our lives should reflect the relationship that we are in with Him on a daily basis, and they will as long as we follow Him.
Have a great day. "Our" Father which art in heaven... is He "yours'?
For further reading:
John 3:1-18; 14:6; 10:9
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