Posted by: Terry | December 13, 2010

Our Father

1 Peter 1.17 And if you call on him as Father… God or some concept of a god, is proclaimed and worshiped by most peoples of the world. God as “Father” however implies a more intimate of relationships. Jesus instructed us that we were to pray “Our Father,” he said that we can have an intimate relationship with the Father, just as he had with the Father.

When we recite or pray, “Our Father in heaven” do we pause to consider all that we are claiming? The prayer of desperation, “God help me,” is prayed in crisis, by many who’s only motivation to pray is the dire straits before them. But “Our Father in heaven” implies that we have some family relationship with the God of creation and eternity. As a child has access to their father, we boldly walk into Our Father’s presence and ask for a bit of his time.

In the prayer Jesus gave us we find, “Hallowed be your name” or “Let your name be holy.” For just as we approach God as a child would approach their Father we are reminded of who this is we are talking to, the “Holy one of Israel,” the “Lord sitting upon a throne,” with the angels crying “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts.” As Isaiah felt unworthy in the presence of the Lord, we must never let our open access lead us to casualness. Peter adds, “And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially…” not only is this one we call Father the creator, the perfectly holy one, but he is the judge of all.

Even close friends cease calling the President by their first name when they take office out of respect an honor. The children of the president and the spouse of the president are the few who are afforded the luxury of first name familiarity. To the child the president will always be Father or Mother. What of an adopted child, they too would have the right to call the powerful leader, Father.

We are adopted children in the family of God, as such we have the privilege of calling the Holy, creator, judge of all, simply Father. We have boldness to enter but not a license for brashness. “Conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile.” Fear = reverence. He is hallowed already, we are to elevate his name in our understanding and behavior.

As obedient children, maturing from our past way of life that was spent in activities that were displeasing to God, we are called to live as Christ lived, in holy reverence to God the Father, our Father. What prayers we could have if we fully grasped, “Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be your name.”

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