Praying like Jesus
I have never tried to get to get an audience with HM Queen Elizabeth, but I imagine that it’s not straightforward to arrange. If I were to speak to her, I would be careful to use all the correct protocols. Apparently, you must wait to be addressed, then it’s "Your Majesty" the first time that you address her, and "Ma’am" after that. To me, this seems good and right and proper!
Jesus’ instruction to His followers must have been a shock to them…
"When you pray, say: ‘Father…’" Luke 11 v 2
Jesus addressed God as "Father", and that is good and right and proper. But how is it that we can address God with such a familiar way? If an earthly ruler is to be addressed with such care, surely we should tremble to take God’s name on our lips. And yet, we are to call Him "Father."
This is only possible because God has chosen to adopt us, and make us co-heirs with Jesus – His only begotten Son. Indeed, we are "in Christ", so that when we come to God in prayer – we really do come in the name of Jesus.
Praying with Jesus
One time when Jesus was talking with His followers, He said, "Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field." Luke 10 v 2
Why didn’t Jesus simply pray this prayer Himself? Perhaps it was to invite His followers to pray with Him.
When we pray, Jesus "is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us" and when "we do not know what we ought to pray for, the Spirit himself intercedes for us". (Romans 8 v 26 & 34) When we pray, we are joining in conversation with the entire Royal Household!
Let’s not forget how privileged we are when we pray. And let us remember that we are talking with family, so we don’t need clever words or formalities. We can simply speak to God – because Jesus can do that, and we are in Him. And remember, when we pray, we never pray alone!