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May 24, 2017, 10:44 AM

Our Father in Heaven



Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Our Lord Jesus bases prayer on personal relationship. He taught us to call God our Father, and the implication of sonship changes the whole aspect of prayer. Whatever difficulties may remain, interaction must be possible between father and child, and to suggest that a child may not ask of a father would be to empty the terms of all meaning.

It is a child’s right to ask, and it is a father’s responsibility to hear in affectionate sympathy and discerning love. The wonder is not that God hears prayer, but that He is our Father. The greater wonder includes the less. The revelation that God is Father establishes the possibility and reasonableness of prayer. The one establishes the other. God would not be Father if His children could not pray.

All the teaching of Jesus about the supremacy of the child-heart in the kingdom of God is rank blasphemy if God is not our Father. The relationship carries with it accessibility, intimacy, and fearless love. Sons of great men have sometimes remembered their father as an institution rather than as a father, and God is to some of His children little more than an institution. It was not thus that Jesus revealed Him. God is our Father and Jesus reminds us of that fact repeatedly in the New Testament. Consider one such passage:

Jesus declares in Matthew 6:25-26, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”

Samuel Chadwick writes, “He is our Father! That is the crowning fact. To the child he is just Father. Others may cringe in fear, but the child heart is a stranger to terror… Love is the bond of fellowship in prayer. Attempts to rationalize love dampen its fires, but where reason is dethroned, emotion becomes a conflagration… God as Father is the key to the problem of prayer. God is more than a Creator. He is our Father: Heavenly Father, holy Father, righteous Father, the God of love and still the God of law. ‘The Sabbath was made for man,’ and the universe of God was made for the family of God.”

Let us pray together: O Father, make it our delight to praise you, to call to mind your loving-kindness, and to offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving. Do more and better for us than we can either desire or deserve, for the sake of our blessed Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Amen.

You are Loved!

Pastor Jason Stevens


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