Days of Deeper Prayer

Day 1 of 5 • This day’s reading

Devotional

The disciples knew Jesus went away alone to pray, sometimes for entire nights, and they witnessed His supernatural miracles and healings daily. It must have had a tremendous impact on them! Luke 11:1–4 tells us that right after the disciples watched Jesus finish another one of His prayer times, they asked Him to teach them how to pray. Do you think they recognized where Jesus’s strength and power came from? Of course they did! They realized it came from His prayer time with the Father! 

Jesus wanted the disciples to pray to the Father, just as He did. And He wants us to do the same, to pray the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus wants us to look at the steps that He followed as He went to His Father. This is the very foundation of prayer. Jesus wanted His disciples and the church to understand how we should speak to the Father, how we should approach Almighty God in order to enter into His Holy presence.

The first words Jesus spoke were “Our Father.” He wanted to ensure that He truly is our Father and that we have surrendered our life to the God who loves us. When Jesus said “Our Father” to His disciples, He was not talking to those who did not have God as their Father. God wants to be certain that He is our Father as well; His desire to show us His love is the reason He sent Jesus into the world. 

Take a moment to ask yourself, “Is God my Father today?” If He is not, then now is the time to make Him your Father. If you have never bowed your heart to Jesus Christ and personally asked Him to forgive you and cleanse you of your sin, we can start right here. Say this prayer with me: 

Almighty God, in the Holy Name of Jesus, I come to You, and I ask You to forgive me and to cleanse me of all of my sins. Lord Jesus, I bow before You and I acknowledge that I am a sinner. Please forgive me and come to live in my life; please be the Lord of my life. I want to be in your family. Jesus, I give you my heart today; help me to serve you and to worship You. I surrender everything to you.