The book of Luke records that at one time Jesus was praying and when he finished one of his disciples went to him and said, “Lord teach us to pray.” What Jesus then taught them is what is known today as the Lord’s Prayer or the Our Father.
Leadership author John Maxwell said, “Most lost people don’t have a correct picture of God.” I think that most people – Christian or not - don’t have a correct picture of God. I know if I had a totally accurate picture of who God is, as Jesus did, my life would look very different.
The prayer Jesus taught his followers starts, “Our Father in heaven.”
If we just fully understood that statement our lives would be very different. When Jesus taught us to pray, “our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy,” He was teaching us to worship.
Firstly this is a community prayer – Our Father, not my Father. The first Christians lived in a society that was far more communal than our Aussie culture. The early church lived communally – in Acts it says they were committed to life together, learning together, eating together and praying together.
Secondly Jesus called God Father. It was very unusual for Jews in that day to refer to God as Father. It was too intimate. So Jesus was teaching something revolutionary here – the kind of relationship we could have with God – the kind a child has with a loving parent. A parent that has absolutely everything and could give their children anything they desired. I don’t think most of us have this picture of God while at the same time having a picture of God who is holy and awesome – awesome in the sense of a reverential fear, respect and honour. This is where worship begins. Prayer is simply worship without music, or prayer with music. They are the same.
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