Matthew 6:9 – Pray then, in this way.

As Jesus continued His teachings on the mountain, He began to instruct about prayer. Jesus gave us a pattern of prayer and the Holy Spirit uses this pattern to guide us as we pray. Many know this prayer as The Lord’s Prayer. It was not meant to be recited, but to be a pattern of critical areas for which we are to seek God.

The first area the Spirit of God wants to help us with is the fact that God is our Father. The Jews knew of God as a Father, but Jesus revealed Him as Our Father. What a revelation the Spirit of God has given! He is not a father who is distant, but the Father who is personal and close! Spirit-led prayer is meant to develop intimacy with our heavenly Father. Many believers confess a relationship with Christ, but still do not know a relationship with their heavenly Father. In many cases, it is because they have not known a true relationship with their earthly father.

In the upper room at the Last Supper, Phillip asked Jesus “to show them the Father” (John 14:8). Jesus was disappointed in the request because the purpose of His time with the disciples was to reveal His Father. They had missed one of the most important reasons of His mission. We too, can be blessed by Jesus’ presence in the gifts and His nature, but miss what the Holy Spirit wants us to know. The Father! Jesus said to His disciples, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Phillip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’ (John 14:9)? Could it be that the Holy Spirit might say the same thing to us?

To know the Holy Spirit, who is the spirit of the Father and the spirit of the Son, is to know the Father. Every day, speak to God as Your Father and make it even more personal by relating to Him as your Father. I want to know Him more and more as my Father who is my all in all. If that is your desire, begin to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the Father to you. He desires to be known as Daddy, in the original language, “Abba.” By His power, He has made you His child. “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).