Being in Fellowship
We are called to be in fellowship with a loving Father through His Son Jesus the Messiah – a fellowship of divine guidance.
Looking at the Bible, God’s Word – we are never described as an object – we are described in a relational manner, being in a relationship. In relation to God the Father we are called His children. In relation to Jesus the Messiah we are called His bride, His friends, His brother and sisters and we are called His servants. Prayer is the means by which we keep the mentioned relationship in tact, prayer is not just an act of worship, prayer is a relationship expressed in words. (Read Psalm 119)
When Jesus said unto the disciples do not pray like the gentiles, He referred to the gentiles knowing that they do not know to whom (relationship) they pray. He said to the Samaritan woman John 4:22-24 You people don’t know what you are worshipping; we worship what we do know, because salvation comes from the Jews But the time is coming- indeed, it’s here now- when the true worshippers will worship the Father spiritually and truly, for these are the kind of people the Father wants worshipping him. God is spirit; and worshippers must worship him spiritually and truly. “ Likewise when Jesus said in Mathews 7:21-23 He referred to a relationship. Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name? And then I will say to them openly (publicly), I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands]
What then is prayer? The Greek understanding of prayer was to strike a bargain with one of their idols! but Jesus said unto His disciples pray not like the Greeks/gentiles who think that by their many words they will receive something. Prayer to the Greeks/heathens was a means of obtaining something from an idol. An idol was there for the use of the man, and there was no relationship involved just a means. But true prayer in the Biblical sense is to judge oneself in the sight of God, becoming aware of who God is. True prayer is therefore not to convince God to go our way, but to be convinced by God as our Father to go His way. Jesus did not reason with His Father in Gethsemane, He opened His heart to a loving Father in simple surrender to His Fathers will, as we said true prayer is not to persuade God to do something, it is to be persuaded by God to do His will. (Like a father and a son, when the son wants to do something and the father knows what is best, it is a dual conversation)
The starting point of understanding prayer is the knowledge of who God is, and our relationship to God as a loving Father. Prayer is not so much about us as it is about God and the establishment of His Kingdom, and we being instrumental in it – Looking at what Jesus said we are labourers in God’s vineyard – we have only one objective and that is to be a good and faithful son/daughter. As children in the likeness of Jesus the Messiah, there is but one objective and that is to please our Father, and as friends of our Lord we walk in obedience as ambassadors for the Kingdom of our Father we pray for our lost brothers and sisters to be reconciled through Jesus to our loving Father. What happened at the cross of our Lord Jesus had an direct impact on our relationship to our Father, and our fellowship with Him. We have been granted the privilege to enter into the very presence of God as our Father in the new Living Way, Jesus the Messiah. The Bible says that in Messiah we have been recreated so that as we abide in Him we become children of God, in the knowledge that God as our Father had a plan from the beginning for us to bring in fulfilment to the glory of His name.
When Jesus said that our Father knows what we need, it is based on the relationship and our Father’s plan, likewise the indication that we do not receive because we do not ask is based on the lack of relationship. The Father knows what we need but give as we come into relationship with Him.
Looking through scripture we can see several images to describe the spirit of fellowship and togetherness as a family in Messiah. The first is “the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19; 1 Timothy 3:15), or “the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10). In God’s household, love and hospitality are to be the rule (Hebrews 13:1-2). Further, the church is depicted as the family of God on earth (Ephesians 3:15). God is the Father, and believers are his faithful sons and daughters. The life of God’s family is to be governed by love, tenderness, compassion, and humility (Philippians 2:1-4). Finally, the church is represented as the “one new man” or the “one body” (Ephesians 2:15-16). In spite of the great differences in the body, the Holy Spirit binds believers together into a single being (4:4-6). In this fellowship of love, no believer is unnecessary. Each member has been given gifts for the building up of the entire body. The prayer-life of the believers is founded in fellowship, fellowship with our Father and His Son Jesus the Messiah (1 John 1:3)
Why are we afraid to have fellowship with God. Adam and Eve hid from God when they heard him approaching. God wanted to be with them, but because of their sin, they were afraid to show themselves. Sin had broken their close relationship with God, just as it has broken ours. But Jesus, God’s Son, opens the way for us to renew our fellowship with him. God longs to be with us. He actively offers us his unconditional love. Our natural response is fear, because we feel we can’t live up to his standards. But understanding that he loves us, regardless of our faults, can help remove that fear so that we can start looking at God as a loving Father as we surrender ourselves unto Him and His perfect will, regardless of our own inabilities for the Bible say that we have been recreated in Jesus the Messiah so that through Him we can do the will of our Father.
Thinking about Moses and the Israelites in Exodus 20:18-20 When the people heard the thunder and the loud blast of the ram’s horn, and when they saw the flashes of lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, they stood at a distance, trembling with fear. And they said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!” “Don’t be afraid,” Moses answered them, “for God has come in this way to test you, and so that your fear of him will keep you from sinning!”
Therefore we can conclude that prayer is a relationship with the one and only living God and for that reason God gave us His Spirit so that through His Spirit in the Name of the Son Jesus the Messiah we may enter with boldness into His presence and cry “Abba Father”. Not for asking, but to be drawn into the relationship so that we can receive from our loving Father as we open our hearts in His presence, allowing Him to transform us into the image of His Son.