One of the most often said prayers is the one that Jesus taught His disciples. There are some circles within the realm of Christianity that refer to it as “The Lord’s Prayer,” and some call it the “Our Father” due to the first two words of the prayer.
When you go to God in prayer, He never thinks of you as an unwelcome or unwanted guest. You are His child, and you can draw near to Him because He loves you. Paul affirms this truth: “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty (2 Corinthians 6:18).”
As a son or as a daughter, you belong to God: “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light (I Peter 2:9).”
After reading these verses, two facts should be clear to you:
- “Our Father” means you are either a part of the family of God, or you can become a member of His family.
- You have been called out (“chosen”) to help cast out darkness and to bring people “into His wonderful light.”
Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world, “and you are to be a light-bearer with Him. Notice how this is stated in The Message:
You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16).
Are you “prompting people” to open up to “Our Father?”