Yesterday we talked about how God is not the Genie of the Lamp and that we have to make sure we don’t approach him in prayer as if we are the God and he is the servant.
That being the case the obvious question is how SHOULD we approach God and pray. Well Jesus answered that question in Matthew Chapter six:
In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
“This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one.
God is our Father, that means there are times when a father will recognize that something requested might not be in the best interests of the child asking, that means looking at the big picture and doing what is best for your children even if they object and don’t understand.
This is the way we need to approach God, as a person asking a loving father for help and trusting that father to make the right decision to help us face a world whose prince is trying to make us fall.
We may not always know what God is doing, but during this Lenten season may we always trust that God does/