For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15).
The book of Genesis teaches us that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Thus in my opinion, we should pray to the one who created all things, who knows all things, who sees all things, who can be in Africa and Alabama at the same time. We should pray to God the Father who has the power of life and death in His hands. We should pray to the one who is gracious, kind, beautiful, merciful, and loving. We should pray to the one who knows what we need even before we ask Him.
When we pray to God the Father, we acknowledge that we are dependent on the Lord. We say to God, and to those who may hear our prayer that God is the source of our supply. We humbly submit ourselves to the sovereignty, rule, and reign of the God who created us in His image and likeness. When we pray to God the Father, we say, “Abba” or “Daddy.” We prostrate ourselves before the throne of grace as a child does when she sheepishly comes into the presence of her earthy father and sits at the feet of his easy chair making her requests known unto him. When we pray to God the Father, we come into the presence of the one who loves us, knows us, and has our best interests at heart.
–Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 4, God the Father and Prayer by Patricia A. Outlaw) Click on the title for more information about this resource.
Abba Father, I honor You as the One who created the heavens and earth, and all that is in them! You have the power of life and death in Your hands, and You are compassionate and loving towards all You have made. I can do nothing apart from You. May I always remember that when I pray, I am entering Your throne room; the place where Your hand of grace rests upon my head, for I am Your child.
Praise God, who is a refuge for the poor and needy (Isa.25:4). Thank him for caring about those who are in desperate circumstances. Confess times when you have not shown compassion to the needy. Commit yourself to serving others in new and stretching ways. Ask God to provide those opportunities for you.
Ask God to anoint the fellowship in your congregation with the Holy Spirit. Pray that any friction between members will be addressed and healed. Pray that newcomers will find a refuge in your congregation.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).