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Do You Remember This When Praying?

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prayerquoteThe above quote is a good reminder. Maybe you don’t need it, but I do.

I believe in the power of prayer (Jas. 5:16), and I believe Christians need to talk to God often (1 Thess. 5:17). I also believe we need to have a deeply respectful attitude when we speak to Him.

A while ago, I heard a young person start of his prayer with, “Hey God! What’s up?!” When I heard that I just about fell over. I know prayer should be a deeply personal thing. But when we start talking to God like an equal, or like He is our ‘best bud’ at school or work, then maybe we need to reassess our mindset. Perhaps we need to have the attitude of the publican who wouldn’t even lift his eyes up to heaven because he was so aware of his sin (Luke 18:9-14).

Let’s be aware that compared to our Creator, we are nothing. It is only by His grace (cf. Eph. 2:8-9) that we can call Him our Father. We need to know our place and our relationship to Him.

God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6)


3 Responses to Do You Remember This When Praying?

  1. Pisa May 21, 2013 at 3:12 PM #

    I heard a lady pray, “Hi Dad” and she keeps referring to our Holy Father as “Dad” in her prayer. I think she gets the concept from “Abba”…what are your thoughts on that?

    • Ben May 22, 2013 at 2:16 PM #

      “Abba” is an Arabic word that is used very similarly to how a son might call his father “daddy.” Because we have a Father-son relationship with our heavenly father, I think such an intimate reference as “dad” may be appropriate. But the mindset behind our words and references to our Father should be deeply respectful. If a word minimizes God’s position to us in prayer, I think we should be cautious.

  2. Michael Summers May 21, 2013 at 5:02 PM #

    We certainly need to retain a sense of the holiness of God when we pray. Biblical prayers teach us that this still leaves us great freedom in speaking to our Creator. However, we should never take God for granted or treat him like a casual buddy. Thank you for your insights.

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