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Matt. 7:9-11 Our Father

posted Jun 18, 2020, 8:21 AM by Jacob Boer

“Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”

Jesus reminds us in the prayer he taught us, that God desires a relationship with us like that between a father and child, a relationship filled with love, trust, joy, and a desire to be just like “dad.” But if God is our father, that means he also has a responsibility to teach us how to become mature adults, to help us grow into the potential that he as placed in us, and when we rebel or disobey or ignore him, God, as our father also needs to discipline us so that we learn and are shaped by our discipline. Parents who love deeply know that rebellion and disobedience will shape our character in harmful ways and so out of love they ensure that we experience the consequences of our actions, but they also surround us with love and encouragement to grow up well. I am thankful my heavenly father loves me that much!

 

Q. Why did Christ command 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.

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