When You Pray
By: R.L. Wilson | © 2020
There’s a good reason the well-known prayer acrostic A-C-T-S begins with A-Adoration. The most important thing we can do as we begin to pray is to focus our minds clearly on the One to whom we are praying.
When You Pray
The Lord’s Prayer begins with the words “Our Father, who art in heaven.” That tells us a couple of important things about God. The first thing it tells us is that He wants us to approach Him as His children—knowing that He wants to hear from us, and is very interested in what we have to say.
But the second part of that statement reminds us that He is the Sovereign God of the universe, who resided in heaven. I’m not going to try to explain where heaven is, because frankly it is just doesn’t really matter. Who lives there does.
Isaiah got a brief glimpse of heaven which he records in Isaiah 6:1-5. He says:
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”
That, my friends, is the throne you are approaching in prayer. That is the God to whom you are addressing your prayers. That is the One who graciously hears you.
Keep that vision in mind as you pray. And remember to “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matt 6:33). Don’t forget this step!
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