What did Jesus impress upon his followers to encourage them to pray?

Our Father, who is in heaven . . .

Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

 Matthew 6:8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Matthew 6:31-32 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

 Matthew 7:9-11 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?  11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

 Luke 11:2 And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name.”

Luke 12:32  “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

“He (Jesus) would have us see that the secret of . . . prayer is to have the heart filled with the father love of God.  It is not enough for us to know that God is a father; he would have us come under the full impression of what the name implies.  We must take the best earthly father we know; we must think of the tenderness and love with which he regards the request of his child, the love an joy with thich he grants every reasonable desire.  We must then . . . consider how . . . he sees us come to him an gives us what we ask aright.”

(Andrew Murray quoted in Give them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus, written by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson)

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