Tues, May 12, 2020

Our Father in Heaven

Good morning! Last week we spent a day praying through the Lord’s prayer. We wanted to spend some time this week further practicing the ways Jesus models for us to pray. Today let’s focus just on the opening line…

“Our Father in heaven”

As we approach God in prayer, Jesus teaches us to begin with acknowledging who we are speaking to... 

Our Father.

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Galatians 4:4-6

Abba- Daddy- Dad- Papa. That is what has been won for us through the redemption Jesus made possible. We get to approach the Creator of all things, the Ancient of Days, the Lord of Lords with the confidence of a child crying out to their father.

I’m not sure my mind will ever be able to fully wrap around that reality but as what a beautiful truth to practice.

Exercise #1 Picture yourself as a child running to your Father in heaven, reaching your arms to Him as you approach. How do you feel, what would you ask, how would the conversation go? Take a couple minutes, pray like that. 

We had our kids do this yesterday in our family worship time (except we told them to talk to God like they would talk to Matt at their donut days). When we asked them how it went they said, “Good. And weird.” Love the honesty :) The trouble with the word father is that 100% of us have a broken picture of what fatherhood looks like...humanly speaking. No matter how amazing your dad is or was or isn’t or wasn’t, no matter how good of a dad you think you are or aren’t, everyone falls short. That means that sometimes our walls are up and it may take some practice to take them down, reminding ourselves of the faithful promises of our heavenly Father.

Exercise #2. Spend some time asking God what things may be getting in the way of you being able to run to Him as casually and desperately as a child calling out “daddy”. Write them down. Ask for God’s hand to heal those places, or correct wrong thinking, and fill your mind with the truth of who He is. Read Luke 15:11-32. What do you see about the Father?

Some other places to go for reflection:
- Romans 8:1
- Romans 8:28
- Romans 8:38-39
- John 14:1-3
- Exodus 34:6-7
- Matthew 7:9-11
- Psalm 139
- Ephesians 4:13-21
- Also, the whole Bible...so have fun exploring on your own.

The picture of God as Father is one that shapes our entire story. As we grow in both being with Jesus and becoming like Jesus, we want to grow to enjoy the intimacy and joy of life with the Father. You are in our prayers today, Anthem.

Much love,
Matt and Kristen