Jesus taught His disciples to pray “Our Father.” The Fatherhood of God expresses the nearness and tenderness of God. God knows and is concerned about the details of our lives.
Jesus also taught His disciples to pray, “Who is in heaven.” Although “our Father” places the focus of prayer on the closeness of God, “who is in heaven” focuses on how far above man God dwells. God is no mere man. He is the Creator of the universe. He alone sits supremely on the throne of heaven. A believer is never to enter prayer disrespectfully.
He must acknowledge the supreme, divine nature of the One he approaches.
Prayer moves us from the earthly to the heavenly. Prayer flows from the heart of the man or woman who takes time to acknowledge the greatness of God.
–Adapted from The Prayer Factor by Sammy Tippit
Creator God, I will proclaim Your name and praise Your greatness! You created me to worship You and I will celebrate Your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of Your righteousness! I will tell of the glory of Your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all men may know of Your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of Your everlasting kingdom. My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise His holy name for ever and ever! (Adapted from Psalm 145)
Praise God for his wisdom—for your being in Christ Jesus who has become for you wisdom from God! (1 Cor. 1:30, 2:7). Thank God that you may have the full riches of complete understanding to know the mystery of God, namely Christ (Col. 2:2). Confess your lack of understanding. Commit yourself to being wise in the things of God, who makes the wisdom of the world look like foolishness (1 Cor. 1:19-20). Ask God to keep you from being a “wise guy” and to help you lead others to biblical wisdom.
Pray that Christians will cooperate to resolve many of the issues that separate, rather than unite, neighbors, communities, nations, and peoples, in the love of Jesus.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.