Note From The Staff
In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus teaches us something revolutionary about how to approach God. Before Jesus, God was revered and feared by his people, much like an all-powerful monarch. And rightly so, since he is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe.
But Jesus told his followers to, “Pray like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name….’” (Matthew 6:9)
Crazy! We’re to pray to the God of the universe like a father who wants to hear from his children.
So we hold these two truths in balance. On the one hand, God is the all-powerful God over Creation. On the other, he’s the loving Father who cares for his children. It shows us that God not only wants to answer our prayers as our Father, but can answer them as the God over all things.
The famous old-time preacher, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, said this:
Never separate these two truths. Remember that you are approaching the almighty, eternal, ever-blessed holy God. But remember also that that God, in Christ, has become your Father, who not only knows all about you in the sense that He is omniscient, He knows all about you also in the sense that a father knows all about his child. He knows what is good for the child. Put these two things together.
If we can grasp that God wants to answer our prayers as a loving Father, but that he is also able to answer our prayers, we’ll be inclined to actually take our needs to him, knowing with full confidence that he can hear, will hear, and will act on our behalf.
If we’re still in doubt about the usefulness of prayer, just remember what Jesus goes on to say:
You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. (Matthew 7:9-11)
Join us over the 40 days leading up to our Walk for Life event in praying to our good Father who wants to and can answer our prayers. The 40 Days of Prayer emails will be short devotionals with a suggested prayer at the end. Sign up for the emails below, or fill out the form with your complete address to receive a printed booklet in the mail.
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-Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center Staff