- Written by Shannon Wendler
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"This, then, is how you should pray:
" 'Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
Praying in Reverence
When it comes to prayer, attitude is very important. Some people approach God in a demanding mindset. Often in desperation, they demand that God will answer their prayer in order to prove that He is real and that He loves them. While God may still respond to such a prayer, it is not because He is threatened by a demanding tone or feels the need to prove Himself. There are so many ways that people approach Him, anger, sadness, joy, sorrow, pain, happiness, etc. Whatever our mindset you have to remember that He should always be approached with reverence. God longs to be worshiped and loved. Not accused of abandoning you, yelled at or ignored. However, God knows our emotions, He too has them. After all, we are created in His images which means what we feel He feels. Just like your children, when they are happy, you are happy. When they hurt, you hurt, when they cry, you cry. It is the same way with our Eternal Father. The difference is with our kids we have to find out what is wrong. With God He ALREADY knows.
We have to always remember when we approach God we are communicating with our Almighty Creator. A being that does not live in time, we have a beginning and end He does not. He lives in eternity. He sees everything our beginning and end He knows our future so why are we shuffling our feet shrugging our shoulders, wondering if He hears us?
If you approached your boss or parents in a bad tone or a bad attitude would you do well? Absolutely not. With God, this idea is multiplied many times over. When we speak to God, we need to remember that He is holy and we are not. Even the greatest Christian is still saved only because of God's forgiveness. We have no right to demand anything and should come to God with an attitude of thankfulness. We have to remember God's knowledge is infinite our is limited. In our prayers, we should always thank Him for His most precious beloved Son. Without Him, we would all be condemned and lost. We would always be separated from God, we would not have the privilege of even remotely approaching the throne in prayer.
When we remember who God is “Our Father in heaven” and who we are in comparison, it is easier to pray properly with ease and comfort, asking for what is best for us rather than just what we want. Many think that when we do not get what we want means God did not hear our prayer. That is so far from the truth. God heard you and gave you His answer and it was no. Again His knowledge is infinite so we have to trust in His answers always whether we got what we prayed for or not. We should show reverence for an all knowing God and His will for our lives.