In part 1 of this series, we established that God is not everyone's Father. God is the creator of mankind and He certainly loves everyone. That's why Jesus came and died for our sins (John 3:16-17). However, He is only Father to those who have made Him the Lord of their lives. As we continue to look at the pattern Jesus used to teach His disciples about prayer, we first see Jesus acknowledge God as His Father.
The first thing we should do as believers in prayer, is acknowledge God as our Father. We should acknowledge His Lordship in our lives and thank Him for being such a good, loving Father and caring for us. If you don't think God cares for you, then that is a whole other issue that we don't have time to address right now. Just know this, if you don't think God cares about you or what you might be facing, then why are you going to Him in prayer? When we need something in the natural, we don't to to someone who can't or won't help us. Do we? Certainly not! Well then, if we don't think God can or will help us, Why go to Him?
Jesus knew what a loving Father God is. He knew there was nothing He couldn't or wouldn't do for Him or His children. That's why He told His disciples to put God first. Acknowledge Him as the good and loving Father that He is. Thank Him and praise Him for blessing you. Thank Him and praise Him for watching over you and your family. Thank and praise Him for meeting your every need and for being a caring Father.
David said it just right in Psalms 150:2 "Praise Him for His mighty acts: praise him according to His excellent greatness". Our prayer pattern is honor our Father with praise and thanksgiving. Put Him first and foremost in every area of your life. Then Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 "All the things we have need of would be given to us".
Part 3 of this series will continue next week.