All around the world people are praying right now. Some of them may pray morning, noon and night; others pray once, twice, or five times a day. They may be standing up, sitting down, on their knees, or prostrate on the ground.
How often they pray in a day or whatever position they take while praying doesn’t really matter-as long as they are in connection with the true and living God.
Most people pray for someone’s salvation or healing of body, soul, and mind. Many pray for financial blessing or at least for food, clothing, and shelter. The diversity of petitions are beyond human calculation. Regrettably, God hears few of them because most of the petitioners are worshipping idols. In the Bible there is a model(example) prayer that Jesus taught his disciples. It begins with Our Father.
The Old Testament foreshadows who the Father is:
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder. And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
The New Testament reveals who the Father is:
Jesus said unto him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.
7 If ye had known Me, ye should have known My Father also; and from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him.”
8 Philip said unto Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.”
9 Jesus said unto him, “Have I been so long a time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, ‘Show us the Father’? John 14:6-9
If we do not receive Jesus’ words of truth then we cannot be his children and we will have another father:
43 Why do ye not understand My speech? Even because ye cannot hear My Word!
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own, for he is a liar and the father of it.
45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe Me not. St. John 8:43-45
How do we become His children?
Believe on His Name Alone
That was the true Light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.
11 He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.
12 But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to those who believe in His name,
13 who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:9-13
Repent and Be Baptized
36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
38 Then Peter said unto them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:36-38.
Allow Word to change Us
23 being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God which liveth and abideth for ever. I Peter 1:23
Yield to Discipline
Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh who corrected us, and we gave them reverence. Shall we not far rather be in subjection unto the Father of Spirits, and live? Hebrew 12:9
Receive Spirit of Adoption
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, “Abba! Father!”
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God; Romans 8:14-16
You may know who your biological or earthly father is; do you know who your spiritual father is? If you’re not “born again” then today is the day to make your spiritual adoption certain. Don’t feel like an orphan anymore.
The world’s religious system seems to believe that the Pope is the Holy Father but they are greatly deceived. The Pope and His Church prove by their actions and their beliefs that they don’t serve or honor the true God of the Bible. Last month he announced that he would soon sign a treaty with the Palestinians. Read about it here. The following links are articles that inform us concerning his trip to the United States in September. In these last days this Pope should be watched closely.