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Two Simple Words - OUR Father (#OurFatherLoves)
by Rey Diaz
Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Our Father - with two simple words, Jesus changed our understanding of God. Shocked the Pharisees. Humbled the crowds. Still staggers us years later.

Not ‘my’ father.

Not ‘Your’ Father.

Not ‘just’ Father.

But OUR FATHER.

Our - belonging to or associated with the speaker and one or more other people previously mentioned or easily identified.

Jesus is talking to his followers.  Among them are the religious and non-religious, sinners and tax collectors, liberals and conservatives, thieves, back stabbers, self righteous, and you name it.  But they were all invited to call God “Our Father.”

Jesus is also talking to you and me.  And the countless people who would read this story years later.  Jesus is also talking to the 153 million orphans around the world.  Jesus is talking to the billions of vulnerable children struggling for survival.  And he is talking to your mission trip.

We believe the best way to understand God is through the lens of “Our Father.”  Yes, he is Creator and holy and powerful and love and so much more.  But those descriptions of God all come back to the unassailable fact that God is first and foremost, Our Father.

Throughout the Scripture narrative, God reveals himself and his heart to us.  To get a full picture of God’s heart for the vulnerable, we will look at several encounters in both the Old and New Testament that are threads composing a tapestry with a clear image of God as Our Father.

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Our prayer is that as you serve orphans and vulnerable children this year, you will also go on a journey through the Bible and have a personal encounter with Our Father.  Each month, we’re sharing powerful messages from scripture – and questions for you to consider in your quiet time with the Lord.




Our Father

Matthew 6:9 - This then is how you should pray “Our Father who is in heaven…”

One day Jesus is praying and the disciples are watching.  After watching Jesus pray, they say, “Jesus that was awesome.  Would you teach us how to pray?”

This is unusual because these are Jewish young men who grew up praying.  It wasn’t like they never prayed before or didn’t know how to pray.  But they saw something in the way Jesus prayed that was different.  They realized there was something pivotal about His prayer life and asked Him to teach them the way. Jesus’ response?

When you pray, relate to God like this: “Our Father…

Our Father? What? Jesus calls the King of kings and Lord of lords, the creator of the universe - FATHER? Isn’t that a bit personal? Isn’t that reducing a transcendent God into a casual, ordinary being?

No, in actuality it was giving the disciples the greatest revelation of who God truly is and in doing so who they truly were.  If God is Our Father, what does that make you?  This phrase also points to our truest identity – God’s child.

There is so much in this simple phrase.  Our father.  Intimate.  Majestic.  Holy, so other than.  Our father in Heaven.  Power.  Imminence.  Father means I can trust you.  Father means you have my best interest in mind.  Father means tender and kind, but power and authority.  Father means family.

Do you believe it?  The God of eternity has invited you to address him as heavenly Father.

The difference between the disciple’s prayer and Jesus’ prayer was not substance but an understanding of who they were addressing.  For us to become who we are truly created to be, this is the first step.  Who are you praying to?

Before you pray, pause.  And think about who you are praying to.  Our Father. 

My father is loving and gracious.  Every good and perfect gift comes from him.  He is also all knowing and sovereign.  He is my father and my king.  He wants what is best for me.  He won’t forget about me.  He won’t leave me where I’m not suppose to be.  He is working hard in my life, making me become who I need to become.  He does have plans for me.   I can’t understand his ways.  But I can trust in him.

Consider this:

1 – When you picture God, what image comes into your mind?  Does that image come from the Bible or from your experience?

2 – Is it easy or difficult to relate to God as Father?  Why?

3 – Do you easily identify yourself as being “a child of God and member of his family?”


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