Our conversations are greatly affected by our perception of the other person. Praying to God is similar. Some people approach God with fear and trembling, hoping they utter just the right words. Others look at God as a kindly grandfather or a vending machine who dispenses whatever we want. How we approach God should be based on what He has revealed about Himself. Thankfully, the Bible presents a clear picture of our almighty and loving Father.
Jesus gathered with His disciples on a mountain so He could teach them about living as citizens of God’s kingdom. A multitude listened as Jesus taught His disciples. As He turned their attention to the discipline of prayer, He warned them about what they should avoid when they prayed. Then He gave the disciples a model for prayer. Using the model, He presented the appropriate picture of the Lord, with whom they talked when they prayed.