Our Father: A Prayer of Intimacy

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Hey friends!  This week’s worship devotion comes to us from our friend, Noah Kropp.  Let’s dive in.

READ:
This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today 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 the evil one.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:9-13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Pray like this: “Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:9-13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:9-13‬ ‭ESV‬‬

REFLECT:
When Jesus’ disciples ask him how they should pray, Christ starts his model prayer with the Hebrew word “Abba”. This is the equivalent of a child saying “daddy” or even “dadda”. Why is this significant?

If we think about the intimate way Jesus spoke to the Father, how should it shape the way we approach our “Abba”? As worship leaders?

It’s clear from Christ’s prayer model that God wants us to come to him about our physical, emotional, and spiritual need. But HOW we approach God is just as important. God WANTS us to come to him, like little children.

PRAYER:
Abba, we want to be close to you. As leaders of your Church, teach us how to draw close to you in child-like boldness. You tell us to ask for your kingdom to come, help us be faithful to do so. Thank you for supplying us, our team, and our church family with our “daily bread”. We ask for it every day. We belong to you. We’re so grateful and we love being your children.

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