Prayer changes everything! Prayer is the most powerful catalytic, transformative, exercise in all of humanity. Prayer is the ultimate game changer. Prayer stands as the delivery mechanism between heaven and earth, God and man, the invisible and the visible. Without prayer, nothing is possible. With prayer, all things are possible.
One prayer can touch a life, free a family, and change the world! Prayer changes the atmosphere and invites God to be God in our lives. Prayer is God’s green light in a world of free will.
Therefore, let us begin with the quintessential prayer, the prayer uttered by Jesus Christ himself: the Lord’s Prayer.
This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. (Matthew 6:9-13)
Revelation of the Father
The great distinctiveness of the Christian experience in comparison to other faith narratives is that our God is not only our Lord, He’s not only our Savior, King, Healer, Deliverer, Protector, and Redeemer, but He is also our Father.
For we have received the Spirit of adoption whereby we are able to call out, Abba, father. (Romans 8:15)
When Jesus instructed us to pray, he did not begin by saying; “Eternal big Guardian of the infinite sky curtailed in the very commune of sovereignty Whose might permeates the very fabric of existence.” No. When Jesus taught us to pray, He began with two simple words, “Our Father.” My God,! Those words transformed the way humanity communicated with God forevermore!
Never in the Old Covenant was God referred to as “Father.” It took Christ in the New Covenant to reveal God the Father to humanity. Our Father. He begins with Our. The word Our demonstrates ownership and possessiveness.
Saints, the moment Christ enters our hearts, the moment we are born again, He tells us, go ahead claim ownership of me and all that I have for you because you are Mine and I am yours. OUR Father.
Then He continues with the revolutionary moniker, the title we address Him by when we pray, Father. WOW! “Father” is not just God, Lord, King, and friend; “Father” signifies intimacy and the highest level of relationship. When we recognize him as our Father, then we activate the anointing of sons and daughters.
Hence, the problem with the Church today. This is why some believers do not see their prayers answered. We have too many misinformed orphans in the Church. We have people in the pews who are followers of God, disciples of God, even apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers for God, but few walk under the anointing as sons and daughters of God.
Many Christians today do not know God as their Father. There is an issue of fatherlessness in the church. And just like society, fatherlessness produces many ills. Fatherlessness is directly related and identified as the number one cause of poverty, unemployment, abuse, depression, proliferation of gang activity, crime, violence, and so on.
Spiritually speaking, we have people walking in both spiritual and physical poverty, unemployment, abuse, depression, and oppression because they do not understand that God is our FATHER. The vast majority of our issues are directly related to not walking with God as our father.
But that’s about to change. It’s time. I declare that your orphan season is over! Your season of fatherlessness is over. Your season of poverty, unemployment, abuse, depression, oppression, violence, and loneliness is over. Why? Because we just discovered our birth certificate and discovered the identity of our Father.
“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:18)
Therefore, declare today the following: my orphan season is over! From this moment on, I will walk like a child of God, praise like a child of God, pray like a child of God, and prophesy like a child of God. I am a child of the most High God!