Our Father

September 03, 2008

“He said to them, “When you pray, say: ” Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come…” – Luke 11:2

When Jesus taught us how to pray, the first thing He did was tell us how to address God. We’re to address Him as “Father”. This is a very personal way of addressing God! By using this term, Jesus is telling us how we are to think about God. For some, this is difficult, for their earthly fathers don’t conjure up healthy pictures. But Jesus thinks of “Father” as fathers are meant to be. He’s not a cold and distant Deity, but He is one who desires a close relationship with each of us. So what does it mean to be a good father?

* It means one who is a nourisher. What is a nourisher? That’s one who provides for the family and meets their material needs. A nourishing father is dependable, responsible, and trustworthy.
* He also is describing a father who is a protector. And every home wants a father who is strong, especially in the face of evil, or in threats to the home, or in threats to the children’s welfare.
* Finally, He is speaking of a father who is an upholder; the upholder of values, character and the spirit of the family.

That’s really what Jesus is teaching us by using the term “Father”. God is a nourisher. He is a protector. And He is an upholder. In short, God is not a good father, He’s the Perfect Father – a Father like fathers are meant to be.