“Our Father…” (Matt. 6:9) begins the only prayer that Jesus taught. Though Jesus prayed often, the only insight we have into the prayer life of Jesus and his relationship with the Father is contained in what we know call The Lord’s Prayer. This is the beginning of a series of blog articles on that prayer Jesus taught us to pray.
Jesus starts with acknowledging, “Our Father”… God the Father, the maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen, the God who exists before and beyond time and space, who made everything out of nothing, who spoke and it all came to be, who holds the entire universe in balance, the breadth and depth and width and height of which we cannot even visualize.
This God, who is greater than anything we could possibly imagine, who is the God of gods, the Lord of lords, the King of Kings, who holds all things together by His will, this God who does not need us, this God nevertheless instructs us to call him our Father! That, by itself, is worth contemplating.
We take for granted this world in which we live that balances on a razor edge of existence – the very least, the most minuscule shift in any of a myriad of constants that we are really beginning to understand in physics, and life would not exist. This world was created by God who is vastly greater than anything we know and anything we can imagine.
How delicately has our God established a place for us and how tenderly has he maintained this place, this razor’s edge of existence, so that we might live. This God, who could lift his small finger and shift the balance to the doom of all mankind, this God who needs nothing aside from himself, this God invites us to call him our Father and calls us his sons and daughters.
Just think about that!
We take for granted this existence. We don’t often consider that things might not be the way they are. We carry on our own lives as if everything in the universe begins with us and ends with us, forgetting the Alpha and the Omega, the One who was in the beginning, the One through whom all things were made, the One who will remain in the end, the One who is in all things and through all things and in whom all things hold together.
We take for granted that this God allows us to call Him Father, even tells us that we should call him Father, though we often ignore him and often fail to appreciate even the smallest of things that He has done for us and does for us. He has given us everything and made everything for us, that everything we have is through him and by Him and in Him.
“Our Father…” calls us by name, knows us from before the foundation of the earth (Eph. 1:4), numbers the hairs on our heads (Luke 12:7), knitted us together in the womb (Ps. 139:13), made Himself nothing (emptied Himself) to become like us, taking on the role of a servant and submitted Himself to death (Phil. 2:7) – for us! No man’s eyes have seen, no ears have heard, no man’s mind has conceived all that God, our Father, has in store for us! (1 Cor. 2:9) God, our Father, has prepared for us an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unending! (1 Pet. 1:4)
Who are we that God is even mindful of us! (Ps. 8:4)
What kind of love has the Father given to us, that we should be called children of God…!” (1 John 3:1)
This is the first in a series of blog posts on the Lord’s Prayer. The next one is Our Father Who Is In Heaven.
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