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Talk To the Father

A Commentary by Constance Vanides

"Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples." (Luke 11:1)

In response to one of Jesus'disciples, Jesus then taught them what we refer to as the "Our Father" or "The Lord's Prayer."

Many of us stop with this prayer, not knowing we can continue to pray in many ways.

"As for me, I will call upon God, and the LORD shall save me. Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice." (Psalm 55:16, 17)

We know we are to pray for one another, but are not sure what to say to God on behalf of our dear friends who are hurting and needing assurance that God hears and acts on their behalf. Again, scripture, the word of God, helps us:

"Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." (Romans 8:26)

John, the writer of the Gospel and the anointed letters he wrote to believers continues to show us how to pray today. "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers." (3 John 2)

My friend, Ruth, who understands these scriptural messages, has been faithful to pray for all whose needs she is made aware of. The following is a prayer which comes from her heart. You can call upon God and pray a prayer like this, for your friends and others you love.

    "Father, thank you for the friends you have given me. It is truly a treasure beyond price, a precious, incomparable treasure. I ask for their welfare.

    They are Yours, chosen by You, willing to be used by You, with their hearts turned to You for daily direction. It is a little difficult to be overcomers when our bodies just won't react as we want them to. It is quite distressing sometimes.

    We know that we are not children with youthful bodies, but nonetheless, these earthly tents in which we dwell are still the dwelling place of Your Holy Spirit. I am asking that You reach down and make the necessary repairs to restore these temples so they will be pleasant dwelling places for them. You are the Healer. Your word is full of promises telling us to turn to You, and You will heal us. Your promises are all true. You are constant and never failing.

    I stand in awe of Your presence in our lives. I offer you my continual thanks for being Healer, Redeemer, Provider, Companion, and more. I speak to you because Your Son, Jesus, gave His life, shed His blood, as a perfect sacrifice that covers our sins. It is in His name, Jesus Christ, my Redeemer that I ask for these friends and Your continued presence in their lives. Amen"

Isn't that a wonderful model for prayer? If you find yourself hampered by how to pray, talk to Father God from your heart. He hears all who are His.

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