Our Father, we pray to you as Abba, our Heavenly Father following the example Jesus taught, revealing it’s our privilege to enter into a personal and intimate relationship with the Creator of all things.

The infinite One who set the stars in place (Psalm 8.1-4), and yet the intimate One who knows the number of hairs on our heads (Matthew 10.30).

You know us better than we know ourselves, you understand our weaknesses sympathising with our trials and trauma’s, as Jesus experienced in human flesh (Hebrew 4.15).

So, with grateful hearts, we say to You, ‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to Your abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1.3).

Our Father, when we pray to You in the Name of Jesus we are assured that You hear every prayer, and knowing what is best for us, You answer in ways that work together for good for those who love You (Romans 8.28).

Yet, we become impatient, striving for a quicker solution or an answer that produces our plans rather than Yours. Father, teach us to trust You more, as faithful disciples.

Help us to prioritise our time to finding out more about who You are: the all-powerful Almighty God; the all-present, loving Father; and, the all-knowing Saviour. Remind us that nothing in our past, present or future is a surprise to You, and help us to run the race before us in such a way that we will receive our eternal crown (Hebrews 12.1), clothed in Your righteousness and in right relationship with You.

Father, we know that You so loved the world that You sent Your Son, Jesus to pay the price in full for all our sinful ways (John 3.16). We choose to take His sacrifice seriously through our humble service, sent by You, to tell others about Your love for them. And, so may You make each one of us increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as was demonstrated by Jesus and the Apostles, so that You may establish in our hearts, to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints (1 Thessalonians 3.12-13).

And, to our God and Father be glory forever and ever, amen (Philippians 4.20).