In Mark 14:36, Jesus prays, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
This prayer shows us both Jesus’ relational intimacy with God (calling him “Abba,” which quite means something akin to “Daddy”) and his submission to the Father’s authority and will. In this example we learn two things: prayer to the Father should always be respectful but need not be formal. Mark Driscoll
When we pray we need to remember our Abba, Father, Daddy, wants to hear our prayer. Prayer is is not a formula, a ritual, a recitation, but instead a conversation with our heavenly Father and as it is with our earthly fathers a way to talk it over.
When we pray we approach our heavenly Father as family. No longer are we outside the family we are part of it. Sons and daughters of God the Father through what Jesus has done for us. Romans 8:15
When we pray we do not always know how to begin the conversation. In situations where we have or see needs, when we pray for others, when we need to know what to do. The Holy Spirit is our Counselor, knows God’s will and we can rely on His guidance. Romans 8:26
When we pray our prayers should always seek to be in line with God’s will for our lives, the lives of others, for the world around us. We see how we think it should be and even Jesus in His moment of humanity asked ” If it can pass from me”. But we must trust in His wisdom, His will, even when we would like it to be another way. We can say “not my will but yours” and be confident He will see us through. Mark 14:36
When we pray we can come with confidence to the throne of God. There in our conversation with our Father we find mercy, and grace to help us through whatever we may be facing. I love the way the NLT translates this in Hebrews 4:16 “we will find grace to help us when we need it most”.
Prayer is a privilege we enjoy to have intimate, honest conversation with our Father. Nothing surprises Him, nothing is off limits. We can discuss our dreams, our failures, our successes, our hopes and yes our fears. When we pray,He listens, He is there!