Know who you are praying to
This, then, is how you should pray: “our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…”
— Matthew 6:9
When teaching us how to pray, the very first thing Jesus wants us to realize is exactly who it is we are praying to. Not only is God the awesome, majestic, terrifying and holy creator; He is also the loving, caring, passionate and personal Father. The God who dwells in heaven and makes mountains melt before His presence is the same God who loves us infinitely more than we can imagine and tells us to call Him dad. The holy God that will judge all of creation in righteousness is the same God that calls us sons and daughters.
Before approaching God in prayer, take a few moments to meditate on who He is. Read passages like Isaiah 6:1-5, Ezekiel 1:25-28, and Revelation 4:1-11 which describe the awesome, terrifying, heavenly splendor of God. Then read passages like Philippians 2:5-8 which speak about the enormity of His love for you demonstrated in the death of Christ so that you could be called His child.
My Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Show me your glory and reveal to me your splendor. Help me feel and experience your fatherly love. Give me eyes to see who you are, that I would know you more perfectly. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN!