• Dave Earley

Connecting with the Father's Heart

One day Jesus told a story about a young man who was exhausted and hungry, and he smelled like a pig. Nothing was going right. He had lost his money, his friends, his dignity, and his hope.

He had been away from home a long time… too long. “Home” That word conjured so many good memories. Big meals around the table. His own room. Good steady work and generous pay. And Father. The one thing he missed most of all was his father.

He could hear his Father’s voice in his head. It was deep and rich, but warm. His father did not say many words, but they were always true and wise and when appropriate they could cut through to the core of the issue. But best of all, Father’s voice was always full of love, even on the day he left.

Why did he have to say what he had said that day? “Give me my share.” He knew his arrogant departure speech had hurt his Father deeply. How he would love to take back every stupid word. But it was too late for that. He had made a fool of himself, had wasted his inheritance, and worst of all he had hurt Father.

The best he could do now was to go back and say, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.” (Luke 15:19)

So, he went back to his father’s house and the most amazing thing happened:

… while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him (Luke 15:20).

Jesus told us this story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:32) to show us the Father heart of God. God loves you with the same type of love that the father in this story loved his son. Understanding God’s love is one of the foundational aspects of prayer:

In its simplest sense:

Prayer talking to our Heavenly Father.

When Jesus’s disciples asked Him to teach them to pray, He gave them a model to follow (Luke 11:1-4). The prayer begins with words that teach us the core of prayer – “Our Father.” Prayer is simply talking with your heavenly Father. Prayer is not impressing, flattering, cajoling, or begging your heavenly father. Prayer is simply talking with your heavenly Father.

· Prayer is speaking with your heavenly Father personally Our Father in heaven

· Prayer is speaking with your heavenly Father reverently - Hallowed be Your name”

· Prayer is speaking with your heavenly Father purposely - Your kingdom come.

· Prayer is speaking with your heavenly Father submissively - Your will be done

· Prayer is speaking with your heavenly Father dependently - Give us day by day our daily

Payer is speaking with your heavenly Father. It is easier to pray when you realize that God:

· really loves you - How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! (1 John 3:1),

· deeply cares for you - As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him. (Psalm 103:13),

· is very near when you are hurting - The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18)

When you pray today, realize that prayer is simply talking to your heavenly Father who loves you.

Adapted from the book, 28 Days to Powerful Prayer, Dave Earley, Barbour Books, 2020

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