One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father…” Luke 11:1-2
As a father, my favorite time of day was coming home from work. As the door would swing open there was a great welcome awaiting me, “Daddy, daddy’s home!” It was the best feeling to know my children enjoyed running into the presence of Daddy. As they’ve grown, I’m now welcomed home by the barks of my dogs. I love my dogs, but I long for the days of reunion with my children.
What happened? I wonder at what age do we stop running into the father’s arms and enjoying his embrace. Do we not see him as we once did? Are we too grown up to need his affirmation? Has he wronged us in some way? I’m going to challenge you to consider your own story.
What’s your experience with the mention of the name, father? Or, for another challenge, try filling in this blank: My father is/was _______________. In order to take this process a step further, take a moment and write down three descriptive words you would use to describe the relationship you had with your father while growing up? This is important!
I believe the relationship with your Earthly father positively impacts and/or negatively impairs your ability to relate with your Heavenly Father. Jesus, when asked how to connect with God through prayer, first responded with addressing Him as “Father.” What is your perspective of our Heavenly Father? Do you enjoy running into His Presence and receiving His welcome embrace?
Prayer: Father, I love you. Thank you for loving me as your child. Today, I choose to run into your glorious presence and receive your embrace. You are my perfect Father and I am your child.