In Part 1 we established a fundamental truth about prayer that will place the rest of this series in its proper context.
The truth about prayer is this:
God gave us prayer in response to our very great need for it.
It is something He did for us, not something we do for Him.
Yes, the God of heaven and earth, who made and designed everything–who knows how everything fits together and works- tells us to pray. But not because He is lacking something we can somehow provide Him through prayer.
He tells us to pray because He designed us to work this way–to function and thrive in relationship with the God who created us.
We need prayer not because it’s the means through which we get more things from God.
We need prayer because it is a means through which we get more of God.
And through prayer, because of the great work Christ accomplished on our behalf, we have full access to Him.
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:19-22
Through prayer, we get to draw near to God. This is no small thing.
What’s more is that within the Lord’s Prayer Jesus reveals exactly how we are to approach God when we pray. And the one detail that should rock your world even more than being given full access to God is that Jesus says when we do so, we should approach Him first as our Father.