Just a quick thought today –
Recently I was reading Matthew 6 and something so simple yet incredibly encouraging jumped out at me. If we don’t understand the Father, we’ll think we have to bring something ‘worthy’ to make Him listen to us – in Matthew 6, Jesus talks about reliance on clever and long winded language. But in reality, if we are basing His listening to us on anything we have to offer – be it gift, strength of faith, impressive eloquence or anything else we can think of, then we simply have not understood Him.
As He teaches, Jesus here makes a step from the incorrect belief of gentiles that long prayers lead to being heard and simply says instead – your Father knows. Your Father is listening not because of anything you can bring. He listens simply because He is your Papa and He knows. He knows your needs. He gets it and He gets you. He’s listening not because of what you can convince Him of. He’s listening because of who He is. He is your Papa and His heart is for you. A little further on in Matthew 6, Jesus teaches against worry and does so again on the basis of relationship. He is your Father. And you are valuable to him. Not because of what you do, but because in making you His child He gave you value. Full stop.
So today as you go to Him – whether in hurried prayers in the midst of thousands of demands, or whether in hours of glory and soaking up His goodness, understand this: He’s listening to you. Not because of anything you are or aren’t doing, but simply because He’s your Papa and that’s what He does. He really is just that kind.