As we continue on our 40 Days of Prayer Journey, we will focus on each theme presented within the Lord’s Prayer. This week we will be focusing on the section “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” Consider the words involved.
- In Heaven
- Be or Is
- Your Name
We could focus on each one for a week, but this week we are taking them all in. When we pray, we are praying to OUR FATHER. One helpful way for me to focus in on the fatherly aspect of God is to go to the verses that help describe Him as Father. Far too many people have challenging relationships with their earthly fathers. Fathers who were absent, distant, workaholics, alcoholics, sportsaholic, abusive or severe can leave people with an uneasy feeling calling God, Father. But God isn’t earthly, imperfect, or harsh. One of my favorite passages about God as father comes from Matthew 7:7-11 (NIV)
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
As a father, I have failed. I’m not alone. I don’t like Jesus’ word choice in vs. 11, but He uses it to good effect. He says if even “evil” fathers like you can manage to give good gifts to your kids, imagine how good the gifts must be from our heavenly (and not evil) Father. It stings, but it is true. God doesn’t give gifts as any earthly Father does. He isn’t one. Even if you had a great earthly father, your Heavenly Father is better still. This week we’ll explore just what kind of a “Dad” God is to us.