Prayer with the right Attitude

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father.” ROM 8:15

Attitude is everything. It is a tool for either a negative or a positive action, depending on what it is. The threads of attitude are woven into every thing that we do. Attitude determines the way we act. Or react to everything. Well, that’s how Keith Harrell sees it and describes it in his book, “Attitude is Everything”.

The approach we adopt towards others most often determines the responses we get from them. Thoughts inform belief, belief informs attitude which in turn informs behavior. That just goes to prove that our behavior is the product of our attitudes. So when it comes to prayer, the same pattern is observed.

What is my attitude towards prayer? What are my beliefs about God, and prayer? What do l think or make of prayer? It shows through when l encourage others to pray, pray, and pray when trouble is bubbling out and threatening to overflow into their cosy territory. I place so much emphasis on the person doing the prayer as though it all depends on how hard and serious they tackle it. Kind of manipulative. And reduces prayer to a human effort. Oops. What is God’s attitude towards our prayer life?

There is always a pattern in God’s word to follow in prayer. We don’t present our OWN pattern to God for Him to follow. Rather, we submit to the view of God in all things including our prayer life.

First of all, we must pay attention to our relationship with God, the Person we are praying to. Prayer is uni – directional. It flows from us to God, and never the other way round. Prayer is always directed to God.

Jesus taught His disciples how to pray. He is “Our Father”. That should determine the attitude with which we approach God in prayer. We must come to Him as our Father, with reverence. That’s very important.

Coming to Him as a father places everything on our relationship with Him.
He has certain responsibilities towards us as a Father. He must supply our needs. He must care for us; provide for us the basic necessities of life – food, clothing, shelter, protection, and the “other things”.

We must first be His children before we come to Him to ask certain things. Because only a father is under obligation to provide for his children.

” But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believed in His name”.
(Jn 1:12).

The Greek word rendered “children” is teknon which interprets as “offspring”, proceeding directly from Him through birth, and dearly beloved of God, born of the Spirit and the will of God, not man.

Children must have a humble and obedient, and must be willing to serve their Father, to trust and to rely on Him at all times. These are the responsibilities of sons and daughters.
God doesn’t want His children to stand before Him as beggars, with no valid claims, without any guarantee of receiving what they ask or desire for. He wants us to pray to Him as His beloved son or daughter. Yes, because we are His children; for all things are ours. Though we have confidence in His ability to deliver, as a child before his Father, pray with His honor in mind. Pray with reverence to God. Pray with humility, not pride. Not with a sense of entitlement.

Come before His presence as to a responsible Father who knows His duty towards His children. And as a dutiful child before his Father. Pray, don’t complain or throw tantrums. He said to ask. Check your attitude before God when you pray. Give Him credit as a responsible Father.

Paul in the book of Philippians educates us on the right attitude to have and showcase all the time towards our Father.

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Philippians 2:5. NLT

As a Son, Christ always honored His Father. In teaching His disciples how to pray, He began with reverence and a recognition of God’s superiority.

Our Father in heaven. May Your name be kept holy. May Your kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. Matt 6:9-13

This model prayer reflects our core values as the children of God: The honor for the name of our Father, the desire for the prosperity of His kingdom, and the promotion of His will on earth.

Again, this prayer is all about relationship. First with our Father. Next is our relationship with others.

Last is our relationship with the devil.

As many as are led by the spirit are the sons (children) of God. We must also be prepared to accept and follow His leadership. Submit to His wisdom in the answers He gives us. Whether He grants our requests immediately, at a later time or never. (Thankfully, “never” is not applicable to our daily bread)

God’s word has taught us how to pray to the Father in Jesus Name. It’s all about relationship. God is our Father. All that He has is ours. This makes a great difference. We are not to pray like beggars. Or as a slave. A slave has knowledge about his master’s possessions but doesn’t have a right to them. He works for his keep. We are not to come before God in that manner. We have an intimate relationship with God. For we call Him “Father”.

Spice up your prayer life with knowledge, zeal and empowerment. Praying as a beloved child of God is one of the ways to connect to the super abundant provisions of God.

Dear Faithful Father, I thank You for the privilege given me to stand before You in prayer. Thank You for making me Your child. I seek Your honor and glory on this earth. My prayers are answered as I humbly send my petitions in Jesus Name!

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