He said to them, “When you pray, say “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come (Luke 11:2).
In his response to the request of one of his disciples, Jesus taught the whole group how to pray; Christians call it the Lord’s Prayer. He started by saying; “when you pray, say ‘Father.’” It is important to know that, before Jesus came to this world, the Jewish people only knew God to be pure and holy. And because of that, they thought of him as a God who is removed and far away from the affairs of this world; because he wouldn’t like to mingle with the sins of mankind.
Jesus however came to change that Jewish mindset. He revealed to them a God who is a Father; and always close to his people. This helps us to understand that, the God of the Bible is a God who could be related to just as we relate to our earthly fathers. This means, the God of Abraham is a God who has ears to listen to the cries of his people. He also has a hand to help and protect those who call him. As a Father, he has wisdom to direct and guide his children what to do, and how to maneuver through difficult circumstances of life.
Another aspect of the Fatherhood of God which also comes up in Jesus’ revelation is seen in his (God) power to fight for his children. He doesn’t, and wouldn’t allow the devil to do harm to any of his children. He is always jealous of the welfare of his children; and would do everything to make us happy. However, unlike our earthly fathers, our God is a Father who lives in heaven; though, distance wise, he is faraway from his children, yet, so close to us at all times.
It is always good to know God; however, it is equally important to know him as a Father. Such knowledge gives us incredible hope to spur us to have a deeper, richer iron clad relationship with him. This same hope will make us go the extra mile to do his bidding by telling the world about his love and forgiveness through the shed blood of Jesus. For, it is only when we are motivated by such hope that, we will allow the Holy Spirit to use us to lift the discouraged and despondent, those who might be living in fear of the unknown.
There’s no doubt that people from all walks of life irrespective of their social and economic standing need to be motivated to have hope in the unfailing love of God; a God whose desire is to bring joy to all those who call him Father. I don’t know your situation right now; but I know that the Psalmist had hope when he said: Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance (Psalm 42:5).
As always, let’s continue to hold each other’s hand and pray for ourselves as the coming of Jesus draws closer. Do send this study to your contacts as well.
Dr. Charles Mantey
Disiciples Revival Church
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