Q. Why did Christ commands us to call God “our Father”?
A. To awaken in us at the very beginning of our prayer what should be basic to our prayer— a childlike reverence and trust that through Christ God has become our Father, and that just as our parents do not refuse us the things of this life, even less will God our Father refuse to give us what we ask in faith (1).
Read: (1) Matt. 7:9-11; Luke 11:11-13.
In a fallen world the word father means many different things to each one of us. For some, the idea of father brings deep pain for our father was absent. For others the word father may bring fear for our father was abusive towards us. Others may associate the word father with thoughts of love, for our father was there for us when we needed him. I had the privilege of having a great dad who loved my mom, my sister and me well. But we live in a fallen world and so, when I was 19 he passed away and so, even now, the word father brings yearning and pain for he died too soon. With such a loaded word “father”, it is hard to really understand the superb and mind blowing privilege that we have to call God, our Father. Let’s study question 119 of The Heidelberg Catechism to get a deeper understanding of the word Father.
There is consent among secular psychologists about the importance of a father in a child’s life. Unfortunately the moral revolution, the feminist movement and the gender confusion have pushed the father absence crisis in our countries, to a downward spiral that short of a miracle, will get harder to address. A child without a father is 4 times more likely to be at risk of poverty; 7 times more likely to experience teen pregnancy, more likely to face sexual abuse, substance abuse and more likely to be in prision. Today, 1 in 4 kids are raised in a home where there is an absent father. And yet, in the middle of this dire outlook, we open the Bible and we find a Father, the Father as we are adopted through Christ. And with that our preconceptions and feelings toward the word “father” can change.
When by grace, we believe in Christ as Lord and Savior, we are adopted by God into His family. From spiritual orphans we become beloved daughters (and sons) of a perfect Father. And with that we find that our Father delights in us and seeks to guide us, provide for us, and love us. Psychcentral.com expresses that a father must: 1.) Embrace his responsibility of being a father and here is God, who created you, calling you to come back, giving you the ability to do so and saying welcome home daughter. God has always been there, it is us who have ran away. 2.) Be there: Our omnipresent Father in heaven is never too busy or snoozing or texting when we come and seek Him. He is always there, ready to hear your heart and always by your side. 3.) Respond to the needs: An omniscient, (all knowing) and all powerful Father is now only willing but able to provide to your needs. He has never short changed you. He doesn’t go around trying to cut corners and give you the least minimum possible, on the contrary, “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). He gave us His utmost, His most precious, the maximum already! So when we approach Him with anything we need, won’t He also give it to us? He won’t give you things that you don’t need or things that are ultimately bad for you but rather, in perfect time and according to His perfect will, He will provide lavishly for you. 4.) Guidance: Many times we walk around the world wondering what God’s will for our lives is. It is not like God is trying to hide His will for us. He wrote it in The Bible. All we have to do is imitate Christ. Google “God’s will verses” and you will see that there is clear guidance. God wants His glory so that we may have utmost joy!
See, dear sister, God is the perfect FAther and He promises to be there with you always. He won’t be abusive or absent, He won’t be too busy and He won’t die! Everpresent, eternal, willing, able.
I don’t know the baggage that the word father carries for you, but I know that God calls you to be His daughter in Christ and that He will be your perfect, Heavenly Father forever. So sister, I challenge you today, to study in His Word His Fatherhood and I pray that you find in Him the father figure in whom your heart rejoices.
May you rejoice in Our Father, God.