Words from the Heart for Tuesday May 12th, 2020
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Matthew 6:7-8 (NIV)
The Father Knows
According to the Fatherhood Institute’s Fairness In Families Index that was released around Father’s Day last year, Canadian fathers are more involved with their families than ever. Out of 22 countries, Canada ranked 7th when it came to how much dads and moms shared child-related responsibilities. The London School of Economics led the study and based its rankings on factors such as the gender wage gap, parental leave and the ratio of how much women and men care for their children and do housework.
Good parents usually have a pretty good idea about the needs of their children. They understand the unique personality of each of them and know ahead of time how they should guide them to help them grow up healthy and wise. But these parents also love to hear from their children, sharing from their hearts about what they love and what they need. If this is the case with human parents, how much more is this true with our Father God? Jesus taught in Matthew 6:7-8, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” At the heart of Christian prayer is relationship. Unlike the pagans, whose prayer is a mantra or unintelligible babbling, prayer for those who have become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ is an intimate conversation with our Heavenly Father. Like a good parent, God already knows what you need. Take time today to express that need to Him, knowing that He loves you and is waiting to hear from you.
These have been words from the heart.