Prayer—Talking to Your Heavenly Father!
Suppose you were having lunch with a friend one day, and your cell phone rang. You answer, and an unfamiliar, powerful voice calls out your name.
You ask, “Who is this?”
You are totally shocked when the answer comes back, “I’m your Heavenly Father. I’m calling to talk with you because you’re my child…and I haven’t heard from you for awhile!”
What do you think your reaction would be?
Would you feel special…scared…excited…nervous…convicted?
God wants you to know Him so well that you will always feel like talking to Him…even when you sin and have broken fellowship with Him. Read about how loving and forgiving your Father’s heart is in the story of the “Prodigal Son,” in Luke15:11-32.
In this lesson, you will see how prayer is a vital “piece” of the puzzle. Prayer is one of the most incredible privileges a believer has…to come directly into God’s presence and talk with Him about whatever is on your heart. And, He promises to listen!
When you invited Jesus into your life, you began a relationship with God that is very personal and intimate. All relationships need good communication to be healthy.
Jesus’ death for you on the cross made it possible for you to talk directly with your Father in heaven. Your Father wants you to seek his guidance, comfort, peace, and intimate companionship at all times…not just when you want things. He actually desires your companionship! (See Galatians 4:6.)
Fitting the “Pieces” Together
Prayer is actually dependent on the other “pieces” of the “puzzle”.
- THE HOLY SPIRIT helps you pray.
- FAITH makes your prayers effective.
- GOD’S WORD teaches you who God is and how to pray.
Begin this lesson by asking Christ to make Himself more real to you.
“You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy” (John 16:24).