It is important to put a stamp and a return address on every piece of mail you send. If you forget to put a stamp on, it will go into the round file (where all of Santa’s letters are). This way the postal service can return it with a postage due notice. This will ensure the mail gets to its proper destination. I wonder how many important pieces of mail were never delivered for lack of these two items?
Prayer is a very important thing; yet we do not treat it as such. I marvel how David is always before God in prayer. I will be honest and say there are times I think, “Wow, David is that all you do?” Well I am convicted that I should be doing more of the same. We have a God that is not bothered by us talking too much, but rather not talking to Him enough.
Psalm 86 includes the elements associated with the model prayer in Matt. 6:9-13 (Jesus speaking), “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” David’s prayer in Ps. 86 contains the keys to successful and answered prayer; that being, petition, adoration and thanksgiving.
With original air mail, we wrote it, sent it via a plane and it was received miles and miles away; oft times, to someone we have never seen. Prayer is similar in that we have never seen God. “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:” (1Peter 1:8). The difference being is God made a way to know Him through Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death. An air mail letter without a stamp will never make it off the ground. Likewise, a prayer, without the inclusion of Jesus will never get past the ceiling. In essence, meaning no irreverence, Jesus is the stamp on our prayers. “… Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you” (John 16:23).
So in prayer, we must remember to include the necessary elements and remember Who we are asking. God is Holier than most imagine. We absolutely have to pray to God through Jesus (who is very God Himself), but in this case we can forget the return address. He knows each one of us-good or bad. “ The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good” (Prov. 15:3).