The Goal of Prayer – Tim Keller

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“How can we not notice something, that the first part of this prayer, 40%, 50% of the prayer that Jesus gives us is all about God (Matthew 6:9-13). Nothing to do with your little needs, nothing to do with your little difficulties, nothing to do with you, and there nothing you need more than not to look at your needs. Jesus is saying that the very first primary goal of all prayer is to plunge yourself into the doctrine of God, is to think about who He is until your heart is dazzled.
Look at it all! He is heavenly, that’s infinite and transcendent. He is holy, that’s what hallowed means. He is sovereign and kingly, that’s what it means Thy kingdom come, but He is personal, He’s got a name, He is not an impersonal force, and He is father, and not just father but our Father, the language of intimacy. There is so much information about God, how great He is, and how accessible He is, how tough He is and how sweet He is, how holy He is and how forgiving He is. And it is all there. And Jesus says the first thing you need desperately to do is to plunge yourself into greatness of who He is. And see, this infinite God is your Father. You tell yourself that and you tell Him that and that’s the first part of all praying. There is nothing you need more than that — it is to adore and claim Him of who He is, and plunge yourself into the doctrine of God and dazzle your heart with who He is.”

— Tim Keller, Jesus’ Prayer for All Time

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