Our Father In Heaven
June 17, 2012
Read: Luke 11:1-13
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. óLuke 11:2
When Jesus taught us to pray, He began, ďOur Father in heavenĒ (Luke 11:2). It is one of many Scriptures that refers to God as a father. I find it both fascinating and instructive that when God wanted us to know what He is like, He chose to emphasize His fatherhood.
What do we know about God as our Father? According to Jesusí prayer, we know that our Father in heaven is available and attentive to us. It is also clear that He provides for us. He forgives us and protects us from evil (vv.2-4).
What a wonderful pattern for fathers who arenít in heaven! Granted, there is only one perfect Father in the universe, but as such He sets the pace for the rest of us less-than-perfect fathers. I discovered early in my ministry that my children were not impressed with books I wrote, titles I had, or places I spoke. They craved my time and attention, the provision for basic needs, a love that patiently forgave, and the creation of a safe place for them to grow and mature. Itís a short but very profound list of fatherly duties.
And what about those who didnít get a dad who met those needs? Take heart in the fact that if you have been redeemed through Jesus you have a perfect heavenly Fatheróand Heís the best Father of all.
Thank You, God, for being our Father, Shepherd,
Guardian, and Guide. We will never outgrow our need
for Your love and care. We want to seek You
with all our heart that we might know You intimately.
The heavenly Fatherís arms never tire of holding His children.