In this post, Juanyk Bornstein discusses the importance of prayer in our relationship with God, and how this intimacy helps us approach God as our Father.
Juanyk, with his wife Katherine, is a Connect Leader of a Prayer and Worship group at C3 Church Oxford Falls. Juanyk and Katherine have been married for 10 years. Being a member of C3 Church for close to 30 years, Juanyk has served on various teams and is currently on staff as the Accounts Manager.
Our relationship with God stems from our time in His Word, and in Prayer.
In life, we develop friendships and relationships by sharing experiences with each other. We get to know each other, what is important to each of us, what we enjoy, what we dislike. Our relationship with God should be the same. We get to know Him from reading and meditating on the Bible, and praying to Him.
So, when was the last time you spoke to God?
It’s only in a place of intimacy, a positioning of abiding in Christ through prayer and reading the word, that we can experience fullness of joy. We are created for relationship with the Father, hardwired to be in fellowship with Him.
The world was not designed to satisfy all our desires and needs, it was to be enjoyed but that’s the extent of it. Full satisfaction and purpose of life is only found in relationship with the Father through Christ.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good”
Jesus’ appeal to us is:
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”
Christ’s words are not to be infrequent utterances from our lips, but to dwell inside our heart. To have permanent residence in our soul. With His word, we are able to endure hardship, withstand opposition. It’s an attitude we have, based on our relationship with Him. This is how our prayers are answered, not by magically quoting scripture but out of heart relationship with the scripture giver.
Jesus reveals to us that the almighty God, the creator of Heaven and Earth can be approached as a loving Father. In John 16:23-24, Jesus declares,
“And in that day you will ask me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
Jesus teaches us to direct our prayers to the Father. We come to the Father in Jesus name. As we do this, we will receive what we ask for - what an amazing promise!
As we spend time with the Father, we get His heart for his people. His plans and purposes become dear to us. We find ourselves praying God centred prayers rather than prayers just about ourselves.
Jesus states in Matthew 6:33,
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
We need to understand that God is good, He is kind, and He is a loving Father whose desire is to bless us.
The Lord’s Prayer is a great model on how we should pray.
Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.”
- We approach God as our Father
- We exalt Him above all (above our troubles, concerns, needs and most of all - our self)
- We pray for the will of God to be done
- Then we pray for our needs
- We take on the nature of God, forgiving as we have been forgiven
- We ask for God’s help to live this life
- We declare that all Power and all Glory belong to Him alone
As we pray from a position of relationship with the Father, our prayers will be answered. Our heart is aligned with His heart for us and for those around us.
Let’s dare to pray and believe for something greater than just ourselves, knowing that our good Father will look after us.
Now is the time to start up a conversation with Father God.