God is a Father – Everyday With Jesus Daily Devotional for 5th September 2019.
Everyday with Jesus is a daily devotional for with a word for today (each day) to help you everyday to get connected to God. Having morning devotion is important to start your day. Please proceed to read the devotion for today.
1 John 2:1-15 – ‘I write to you…because you have known the Father.’ (v13)
Message (God is a Father)
We said yesterday that God is a Father in two senses, the creative sense and the familial sense. This leads me to ask for whom was the Lord’s Prayer designed – for everyone, or only God’s redeemed children?
There is no doubt in my mind that it was intended for Jesus’ true disciples, those whose lives are committed to Him and to His cause. Clearly many people outside the Christian Church find the words greatly comforting, but much of the appeal is sentimental rather than spiritual.
To understand the Lord’s Prayer, and apply its principles in the way Jesus intended, one needs to have experienced a genuine conversion. Then, and only then, does its true meaning become apparent.
Also read: A family within a Family
Jesus shows us in the first sentence of His prayer pattern that true discipleship begins with a concept of God as Father. Someone has pointed out that the term ‘Father’ answers all the philosophical questions about the nature of God.
A father is a person, therefore God is not an invisible force behind the machinery of the universe. A father is able to hear, therefore God is not an impersonal being, aloof from all our troubles and trials. And, above all, a father is predisposed, by reason of his familial relationship, to give careful attention to what his child says.
When we pray, then, to the Father, we must hold in our minds the picture of our external creator as someone who has a father’s heart, a father’s love and a father’s disposition. This, then is the second note we strike when praying – God is a Father, and we can come to Him with all the trust, confidence, openness and frankness of a child.
Lord God, I am so grateful that in the word ‘Father’ I discover thegreatest truth about You. My heart rests itself on that glorious and wonderful truth. Thank you, Father. Amen.
Read these books.
- John 5:17; 1:12
- 2 Cor. 6:17-18
- Galatians 4:5-6
Also answer these questions and share your comments and the ‘Response’ section below.
- How did Jesus speak of His Father?
- What is God’s promise to those who believe?