Matt 6:9-10 Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Have you ever contemplated how awesome it is to be able to call God “our Father”? We are talking about the almighty one who holds the world in his hand and controls every atom and oversees the zillions of stars in the sky. This majestic God is “our Father”. He is the one we can go to with every hurt just like a little kid can run to his earthly dad with every scratched knee.
Did you know that we are even more blessed than the OT saints such as Abraham, Isaiah and Jeremiah? They didn’t have the same privilege of calling God their Father. Nowhere in the Bible do you ever see any OT saint calling God his father. Though they were His people they had not yet been adopted into the family of God. But then a strange but wonderful and awesome thing happened. The eternal son of God the Father became a human being like us. And because of that and because of the death that He died for us we were adopted as sons and daughters of God the Father so that Jesus now actually calls us His brothers and sisters (Heb 2:11).
The above verse is the first part of the model prayer that Jesus gave when the disciples wanted Jesus to teach them to pray. Notice that the prayer did not start off by addressing our needs. It started off by addressing our Father and his name, His kingdom and His will. The first thing we need to do when we come to the Father is to focus our attention on the one we are addressing. Remember the most important part of our prayer should not be whether or not we get an answer. The most important part is the relationship with the Father and His Son. The greatest most awesome blessing any of us can have is a close intimate relationship with Him. With Jesus close by our side we can weather any storm, climb any mountain and have peace in the most excruciating trials.
Too often we think of God only in terms of what He can do for us. It’s “God, heal this person, watch over my brother, cure our diseases, do this and do that”. Because He is “Our Father” we can and should bring our needs before Him but let’s gets first things first. He wants and desires our worship (Jn. 4:10). Why? Does He have need of that? No! But we have a need to draw close to Him. He wants us to be ever conforming into His image because He knows that is what is best for us.