At church, our pastor is starting a series on the Lord’s Prayer, and he started with an overview of prayer. Something that really struck me was the reasoning behind the five different parts of the Lord’s Prayer – Adoration, Submission, Petition, Confession, Protection.
Our pastor gave an example of how sometimes when teenagers are off to college, they only call home when they need money. (Yes, I was guilty of that, too!) After a while, that gets irritating to the parents since their kid only thinks of them as a bank.
But when we only pray petition type prayers to God, that’s kind of the same thing. We’re only ever asking Him for stuff. I had never realized the parallels between my prayers and how I used to only ask my parents for things.
A solid parent-child relationship is built on more than just provision. There is love, humility, forgiveness, and protection on both sides, from parents and children.
I want a solid relationship with God, and so my prayers should reflect that. So hopefully this week I’ll work on developing more of a relationship with God in my prayer life.