The Perfect Father
Read Matthew 6:9 (ESV)
Pray like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”
How does calling God, “Our Father”, change the way you talk to Him and view your relationship with Him?
I have a great dad but he wasn’t perfect. I try to be a great dad but I am not perfect either.
Some people grow up with great dads, some with mediocre dads, some with neglectful or absent dads, and some people might have never even known their dads. But no matter what, none of us were raised by a perfect and holy earthly father. And if you are a parent, no matter how hard you try, you won’t be perfect either. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t have a perfect Father.
In today’s verses, Jesus modeled prayer for His disciples and His opening line gives us great insight into who the God we are praying to is. Jesus said, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” Hallowed means respected and revered as holy. In other words, when we say God’s name, we should honor Him as being set apart. He is perfect. He is sovereign over all things. He has authority over us. He is worthy of our worship, adoration, and praise.
We are to hold His Holy Name in high regard, but that doesn’t mean that He is too lofty or too elevated for us to know Him personally. Jesus referred to God as “Our Father in heaven.” Jesus used the word “Abba” which was used by children to refer to their fathers in both Greek and Aramaic. Jesus was showing us that God is high, holy, and above all things. But He still wants to know us. The God of the universe wants to have a personal relationship with us! What an incredible privilege!
John said, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called the children of God; and so we are…” (1 John 3:1). But how is it that fallen and sinful human beings have the honor of being called God’s children? John also answered that question in John 1:12: “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God….”
God created us to know and be known by Him. He is our Father! He made us. He formed us. But our sin broke our relationship with Him. Through our sin, we forfeited our rights as His children and we lost our inheritance. And yet, He loved us. So much that He sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and restore our relationship to God, our Heavenly Father.
Friends, it is only through Jesus that we are able to approach the Father through prayer like this (John 14:6). God, our Father, is high and holy. We should only come before Him reverently and with great respect and honor. But we can come to him. The way that children come to a loving earthly father for comfort or when they are in need, we too can come to our perfect, heavenly Father. Praise God! What a gift!
Father, thank You for loving me so much that You sent Jesus to restore our broken relationship because of my sin. You aren’t merely a good dad. You are my perfect heavenly Father and I praise and revere Your Holy Name. Amen.
~ Pastor Nat Crawford
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