The Voice of the Father

Prayer means everything to me.

 

Prayer is more than coming to God when we need something, it’s communing with God. Every morning as I begin my day I carve out time to spend in intentional prayer with God. I pray the Scriptures and I pray my heart. I follow the pattern that Jesus outlines in the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus gave this example as an outline for us to pray, so as I go through each phrase that He prayed, I personalize it.

 

Matthew 6:9 says, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.”

 

I will pray, “Father I recognize You as the Creator God, my Father in Heaven, and my Provider. I’m so thankful for Your love for me; thank You that You loved me so much that You sent Your Son to live and die for me. Hallowed be Your name!”

 

Verse 10 continues, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

 

So I pray, “Father I pray that Your Kingdom come through my marriage, my ministry, my finances, and my life. Allow Your will to be done in every area of my life.”

 

And so it continues…

 

I can tell you that my heart is more tender to the Holy Spirit as a result of my prayer life. The more I pray, pouring my heart out to God and praying over Scripture, the more I am able to hear God’s voice in my life.

 

My son knows my voice because I spend time with him, I talk with him everyday—we’ve gotten to know each other so well that he cannot mistake my voice for anyone else’s. The same is true of us as we commune with God through His Word and prayer.

 

As missionaries, my wife and I raise support for our ministry every year. I hate asking for money, so we pray and trust that God will provide support for us as He always has. This kind of trust takes a lot of prayer from both of us.

 

I recently received an email from a company that has been a supporter of ours. They said that they were going to donate again to our ministry, but not only that, they would match any other donation that we received.

 

After I read this email I screamed, which made my wife come running over. “Thank you, Jesus!” I said as we rejoiced over God’s provision together.

 

When you realize that the things of this life can’t satisfy you the way you might think they can, you see just how much you need God.

 

Jesus often went alone to pray. The Son of Man, with the power of God in His fingertips, the Man with the largest following in human history (if Jesus had Twitter He’d shut it down!)—even He went alone to pray to His Father. In fact, Jesus didn’t do anything unless He heard it from His Father. How much more should we be governed by what the Father says to do? How can we know God’s heart unless we spend time with Him in His Word and in prayer?

 

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” —1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

Once we taste the fruit of prayer we cannot help but hunger for more.

 

—LaMorris Crawford, Chaplain of the Cincinnati Bengals

 

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