Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12
Jesus wants his disciples and followers to use the phrase “Our Father” when approaching God in prayer. It’s important to note Jesus isn’t talking to all people when he says this but to those who believe in and follow him. Addressing God as father identifies us as part of his family and should inspire confidence when we pray.
John, a disciple who heard Jesus teach this message, helps us clarify whether we are a child of God’s or not. People who believe Jesus died on the cross in their place are God’s children (John 1:12-13). They understand Jesus was crucified for their sins, so they don’t have to die. We see God’s great love for us because Jesus died for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8).
And there is more. “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1) When we believe in what Jesus did for us, God becomes our Father, and all other believers are our siblings. We acknowledge the incredible miracle of being adopted into God’s family when we pray the words, “Our Father.”
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
As you continue the 40 Days of Prayer, listen to the Ada Worship sing “Good, Good Father.” Focus on the words and how incredible it is be one of his children!
40 DAYS OF PRAYER
Join us for 40 DAYS OF PRAYER where all of us will find a quiet space and slowly read The Lord’s Prayer. May forty days of praying like Jesus prayed, and desiring what Jesus wanted, make a big difference in our hearts and our communities.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art 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 forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For yours is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
NEW TESTAMENT READING PLAN
Join us this year as we read through the New Testament.
Today’s reading is John 10.
Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.