“The world is full of so called prayer warriors who are prayer ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this: Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are. Set the world right.”
// Matthew 6:9-10
Jesus our Lord and Savior really helps us in this passage. The disciples ask a simple but profound question to Jesus to teach them how to pray. I can imagine that the disciples had observed Jesus constantly going up the mountain to spend time with His heavenly Father. The more they hung around Jesus they realized this was the key to His life.
Many times when we approach prayer or think about prayer, we complicate something that really is verystraight forward and simple. I’m very thankful that it is. Jesus Christ in His wisdom, never makes prayer complicated, or else prayer would be reserved for the super intelligent or the scholars of the world. Quite to the contrary, prayer seems to be geared towards those who have a ‘childlike’ faith, those humble enough to admit they don’t know everything, and need a lot of help.
Prayer is simple. Life can seem complicated. Prayer brings clarity in a mixed up world. Like a child asking a parent for help or an answer to a question, so is prayer with our Heavenly Father. If my son Brooks needs help, he is quick to cry out and ask for help. This is the same opportunity every human being has available to them, through Jesus Christ. By His saving grace, we now have access to the Father’s presence, to commune with Him, to talk, to cry out, to come boldly before the throne of grace in our time of need. For Brooks, it isn’t complicated. He comes boldly before me with no hesitation, to ask for what he wants and what he needs. And when I am present as a human father, Brooks realizes the love I have for him.
It’s simple. This is your Father you are dealing with; an eternally loving Father who has held back nothing for you, and He knows what you need better than you know yourself. May we quickly come to Him, like a child who is in need of help, and may we discover that prayer is not complicated but simple.
It’s simple: run to the Father for help, and you will discover what you have been looking for.
// Josh Kelsey