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Prayer: Our Communication with God

Shepherd’s Outpost
By Pastor Ron Gardner

Prayer: Our Communication with God

And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.Matthew 14:23

When we consider this verse, we may wonder Who was Jesus going to pray to? There is only one answer to be found, it was His Father. Why is this important and why did the author of the Bible, the Spirit of Christ, allocate this verse through the gospel writer Matthew? Simply to show us the personal and relational aspect between God and man. It is said that “at the profoundest depths in life, men talk not about God, but with Him”. When there exists a relationship between two people, it is living and it is breathing, and as well it is relational and interactive.

During our Lord’s time upon the cross, He completing the work His Father had given Him to do, yielded up His Spirit, we read in Matthew 27:51, “Then behold, the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom…” No longer would man be required to continually offer up sacrifices for sin through the priesthood but could now have an intimate, one-on-one relationship with God the Father through His Son. The holy of holies no longer only accessible once a year by the high priest, but available to you and to me through the finished work of Christ Jesus.
Hebrews 10:19 declares: “Therefore brethren, having boldness to enter the holiest by the blood of Jesus.
As our heavenly Father desired to have a very personal and penetrating communication which enables us to speak to Him directly, He has made a provision for that relationship to occur through atoning sacrifice of His Son.
Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.Hebrews 7:25
That’s why when we pray, be it repentance or rejoicing, praise or petition, we offer our hearts to the Father as we pray in Jesus’ name.

Paul encourages us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “Pray without ceasing.

Does that mean I’m to spend all my waking hours on my knees? Not exactly. What Paul is telling them and us is we are to keep the communication with God continuous, being candid before Him, calling upon Him, communicating with Him. I have found personally that my prayers for others seemingly are more for me, because as I’m praying for others within the congregation or my family or community, it keeps my heart attentive and responsive to Him, focused and fixed upon the throne of grace.

We read in Matthew 6:8Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask.” So why even ask? Why bother? Because our Father has told us to, because our God has commanded us to. And as we do, when we do, we begin to enjoy the privilege afforded us in a personal profound way, that of the intimacy which can only be shared between you and your heavenly Father.

I encourage you this week to get alone with the Father as Jesus did and simply talk to Him, humbly before Him, waiting upon Him. He so very much enjoys time with His children. And as you pour out your heart to Him, give equal time to listen to Him. He is so incredibly in love with each of us, and He wants to spend time with us.
Continuing earnestly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.Colossians 4:2

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