Dear Partner in Grace,
“Our Father.” I don’t know how many times I have said that over my 50+ years of being a Christian. Jesus told us to pray that way. The Pharisees did not teach their disciples to pray that way. John the Baptizer did not teach his disciples to pray that way.
I can see Jesus calling God His Father because He was the Messiah, the Christ, the actual Son of the Living God. He was criticized for using that term, and the religious leaders wanted to kill Him because of that. To call God your Father implied a special relationship with God, a virtual equality with God. That is what the Pharisees said.
But Jesus told us to pray that way as children talking to their Father (their Dad). By doing so He brought us into a whole new relationship with God who is our Father. We can now share what is on our hearts with God. In any relationship it is important to communicate, and so prayer is very important in building that relationship.
God wants us to tell Him what is on our hearts. We can bare our souls to Him, but there is more to prayer than just telling God what is on your heart. God wants to reveal to you what is on His heart as well. He tells us in His word in Matthew 25:40, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” But what does He want us to do now, today, in 2014?
I trust that you will search God’s heart this Thanksgiving and Christmas season. See what God wants you to do, and please remember Transformed by Grace. We work with those seeking godly, Christ-centered counsel for their lives and in their relationships, with the hurting, the abused, and the prisoner, and I know they weigh heavily on God’s heart. Your contributions to Transformed by Grace pay for counseling services for those who cannot pay, Bibles for youth in a rehabilitation center, and your support allows us to offer conferences to churches and organizations that cannot pay the full fee. Your prayer and financial support are vital to our daily operations, and we could not minister to so many of God’s children without you. We pray that you will be richly blessed this holiday season and in the year to come, and we sincerely thank you for your support.
Blessings all around,
Chairman of the Board
Transformed by Grace, Inc.