Matthew 6:9-13, “Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day 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 evil.”

Do you generally view God as a distant provider? Loving, perhaps, but nonetheless granting the things we need while keeping Himself out of reach? Then remember His Fatherly kindness. He is not just a Father, but our Father.

In our text, Jesus is inviting us to join Him in relating to His Father from the same ground that He does. “In other words: Pray with me. Share my relationship with God. For you are loved as I am loved.”

Wonderfully, what is His by nature, as the eternal Son of the Father, He shares by grace with us. In turn, this is wrought by the Spirit to become a real relational experience in our lives. As we pray, God does not want us simply to know the truth of our adoption, but to feel it.