Pray Like Jesus – Our Father

Pray then like this:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day 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 evil.

-Matthew 6:9-13 (ESV)

 

Fathers are a big deal and play a major part in any child’s life. Whether your father was great or lousy or somewhere in between, he has impacted you in some way. I was recently talking with a friend who idolized her father because he loves and cares for her and her siblings so well. She even went so far as to put him on a pedestal, placing him above God in some areas. This friend has to consistently remind herself to go to Daddy God first before going to her earthly father. I have other friends who were abandoned by their fathers and have had to deal with the repercussions of the holes that were left in their lives.

What’s the job of a father? I would say their job is to protect, provide for, care for, and love their children the best they can. Your definition might be a little different and that’s okay, I think we can all probably agree that fathers have a huge responsibility! In this equation, with the father caring for his children, what does that make the child’s responsibility? To obey their parents and simply be a kid.

Now, the world is not perfect so we have imperfect fathers and we’re all imperfect kids. But we have a perfect Heavenly Father! He is a perfect protector. A perfect provider. And he’s not just capable of loving well, but he is love. How incredible is that? Because of Jesus we now have access to a Father who absolutely adores us!

Now, here’s the part I personally struggle with: in this equation, I get to be the kid. I say “get to” because even though this is hard for me to live out, it’s an immense privilege and a freeing position. Think of the pressure it takes off of us when we realize and accept that God is in complete control, he doesn’t have some illusion of control like I do and he gives good gifts to his children.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

James 1:17

The Gospel writers recorded that the disciples asked Jesus how to pray. They were eager to learn and Jesus gave them an example to use when they prayed. He began with “Our Father”; what a beautiful and simple beginning. What an immensely powerful phrase!

To me, “Our Father” means restating my complete dependence upon God. When I cry out to God, calling him “Father” I am reminding myself that I need him, that I rely upon him {tweet this}. It’s an opportunity for me to let go of the things that weigh me down and come to him as a child. These two words are a precious restating of the roles in our relationship. I am thankful for our position as children of God, what about you?

What does it mean for God to be your Father? What would your relationship with God look like if you relied upon him as your Father? I encourage you to come to him today as a precious child seeking time with their loving and perfect Heavenly Father.



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  1. I love reading, I love reading things well written and inspiring, this blog post was both! Thank you Sarah for getting to those things you always wanted to get to, that in itself is inspirational! I can’t say I am surprised, your outer beauty was always evident, your inner beauty and spark, always waiting to come out! God’s continued blessings, keep up this good work!

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