The Lord's Prayer - Our Father
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. – Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)
God, the Father
All of my life, I have related to God in a father-son sort of way. More than any other name, father has resonated with me, comforted me, and been the name by which I refer to God.
I think it is comforting to know that no matter what sort of relationship you may have had here on earth with your biological father, there is a God in heaven that loves you and sees you as His child. He desires to bless you - help you - and give you purpose in this life.
There is a special connection and bond between God and his children. He not only created mankind but made us in his image. Separated us from the beasts of the earth by breathing life into us and giving us a spirit. A spirit that has the opportunity to be with him for eternity.
A Deeper Understanding of God, the Father
As I reflect on the opening to the Lord's Prayer I'm thankful for the clarity and enlightenment Jesus brought to the relationship we all have with God our Father. Christ was intimately connected to God in a way that transformed our thinking and understanding. He showed us that God is loving, kind, a parent that desires to be in relationship with his children. Jesus was even so bold to refer to God as "daddy" on occasion.
This is a very different understanding then our world often portrays God. He is viewed as a distant deity, a god that set things in motion but then left, a god that intervened in evolution at just the right time, or worse than all of these an angry vengeful god that desires to inflict suffering on anyone who does not obey him.
Jesus opened our eyes and gave us a new understanding of who God is truly is as our father. He is not a distant deity, but a key relationship in each of our lives. He is someone that wants to speak to us each day, hear our concerns, share in the desires of our heart, speak into our vision, and help us lead with purpose.
While he maybe in heaven, which yes sounds secret, mystical, and far off, he is still our father in heaven, and he loves us very much. We honor him by addressing him as our Creator and Father when we pray.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
- Do you relate to God as father figure? If not, why?
- How has God been a father to you in your life?
- What characteristics of God the Father can you bring to your leadership of the people you love and serve each day?
Make it a great day!