“Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.’” —Matthew 6:9 ESV
These are relational words. Words that express closeness.
Jesus doesn’t invite us to pray to a far-off, impersonal God but to our Father.
Take a moment to let that sink in.
In a healthy father-child relationship, the child doesn’t need to request permission to be in their father’s presence. They simply enter the room.
As the author of Hebrews encourages us, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16 ESV).
May we have that same confidence as we draw near to our Father today.
Here’s a short breath prayer to invite God into every moment of your day:
Breathe in: Father,
Breathe out: Help me feel at home with you.