When we pray to God as our Father, we pray as ones who have been brought into God’s family through the work of God’s Son Jesus Christ. Paul reminds us in Gal 4:4-5:
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
Jesus died on the cross to make sure that when we pray, God would love to hear our prayers, no matter how faulty, how measly those prayers are. We believe that our prayers are not accepted by God based on our moral goodness. If this were the case, God would rarely listen to our prayers. Strangely, we feel we can go to God with our prayers because we’re ‘doing well with Him’ and are ‘holy enough’ for God to listen to us. This is why theologian Graeme Goldsworthy says:
Whenever and however we fail, we have an advocate to take our place and plead our cause. He does this on the basis of his own righteousness, not on the basis of our fervor or piety…In Christ we cannot be condemned as inadequate or ‘failed’ pray-ers. I should not think, because I don’t pray as I ought, that God is less inclined to listen to me than he is to listen to some great prayer warrior. (Graeme Goldsworthy, Prayer and the Knowledge of God, 50.)
God listens to prayer because of Jesus and what He has done for us. As Christians, when God brought us into His family through His Son’s blood, He listens to prayers. This is every reason we have the privilege of praying “our Father,” and we must always do so with thankfulness, boldness, and delight.
Prayer Meeting Times
We meet for prayer on Wednesday to Friday at 6am at the church office and on Saturday at 7am at the church office. If you are interested in joining us for prayer, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.