When Jesus’s disciples sought his instruction regarding prayer, they probably had something else in mind. Addressing God as King, Lord, or Creator was something they could have understood. God as an incredible out of this world sovereign was an idea that was familiar to their Hebrew sensibilities. This idea of God as Father was almost foreign to them.
Yet, Jesus introduces the idea of approaching God as Father, and in doing so He gives us the starting point of our theology. In the Old Testament, God is called father only seven times, but the Jesus, and the entire New Testament, makes it plain that God wants to be known as our Father.
This lets us know two things. First that God wants to know and be known in a personal way. He has desires and a personal will regarding you, not as just a creature, but as a person upon whom He has placed value. Secondly, God wants us to know that he cares for us in a personal way.
Psalm 103:13 Like as a father pitieth his children, So the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
Does God care about your health? Your house payments? Your grades? Your work stress? Your family trouble? Your success? Does it even matter?
Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! Your father cares for you!
Today, when you pray, pray not just to THE Father, but remember He is YOUR Father! You are His, and He is yours!
Your Father can not wait to hear from you!
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