But if we are to know God, we must first approach Him in a manner that reflects His glory, holiness and almighty position of power. If we look at Jesus He approached the Father in a very specific manner. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus withdrew to a solitary place to be alone with God and pray (Mark 1:35 NIV).”
Jesus understood that He needed time in and with God to be refreshed and saturated in the Holy Spirit so that He could execute God’s perfect will. He spent time with God alone and separated from all distractions. We live in a 24/7 world and its so easy to be distracted by our phones, email and in my case my own rampant thoughts. Setting aside time and going to a private place shows God that we take our time with Him seriously.
When instructing the disciples on how to pray the Lord said “this then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed by your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:9-14 NIV).
We should approach God in reverence first and foremost because He is worthy. “The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth…no one can measure the depths of His understanding” (Isaiah 40:28 NIV). As we reflect on and acknowledge God’s majesty and omnipotence our own hearts are humbled “but to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word (Isaiah 66:2).”
A humble heart is pleasing to God and allows us to hear from Him. Our time in prayer should refresh us as an opportunity to hear and be encouraged by God as we walk away fully submitted to His will. In the Lord’s prayer He focuses on God’s sovereignty, His all-powerful will, daily provision and our need for His forgiveness.
Help us Lord to enter into prayer with a servant’s heart full of adoration for you, not as something we need to check off our to-do list, but as a privilege paid for by the blood of Christ. Help us to be grateful for the blessed honor of coming before you the I Am that I Am. In the end prayer is the way that we have communication with God and build a relationship with the one true God who first loved us.