Summary: This is a message on the word Father as it appears in the Lord’s prayer
TEXT: Matthew 6:5-15
The Lord’s Prayer is familiar not just to the believer but also to the heathen. The saying or the reciting of the Lord’s Prayer offends hardly anyone, with the exception of a few extremist groups. Yet, few have surgically examined this lofty prayer by removing each if of its separate parts.
May we perform such an operation as we remove the first two words of this prayer and place it under the microscope of God’s Holy Word?
We will examine the words, “Our Father”, showing how meaningful these words are as this prayer begins.
I. CONSIDER THE FATHER’S RELATIONSHIP TO HIS CHILDREN.
Note: the word father has two distinct meanings:
a. It can be used in the “paternal” sense. This simply describes the physical or the biological connection between the father and the child.
b. I can be used in the “fatherhood” sense when describing a relationship of love, intimacy, confidence, and trust between the father and the child.
A. “Our Father” Denotes A Loving Relationship.
1. A love that is Caring.
Our Heavenly Father’s love is a very caring love. He demonstrated this to be so when He sacrificed His only begotten Son so that He could have many sons. The blessed Book of Hebrews alludes to this truth when it says in Hebrews 2: 9 and 10, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”
2. A love that is Controlled.
A controlled love is a love that has parameters and boundaries. A person’s love does not permit the person being loved to think that he has no responsibilities or requirements. Having such is the reason for the expression, “Love must be tough”. Tough love is the kind of love that the Lord has.
B. “Our Father” Denotes A Longing Relationship.
The words long or longing are old English words that speaks of having a strong desire for something as we would say of a person who is homesick, that that person is longing for home.
1. Our Father longs for our presence.
Our Father longs for our presence. A good parallel or example of how this is so would be the parable of the prodigal son and his father longing for him to come back home. If you are not near him spiritually you are unable to talk to Him. Prayer requires that you walk with Him.
2. Our Father longs for our provisions
Our heavenly Father is very interested in us. There is a mystery involving prayer. God allows us just as an earthly father would, to ask for things that we need. Katie, my daughter has learned how to ask for things that she wants. She does a pretty good job of “asking”. In my case, I may not know what she needs, but in the case of our heavenly Father, He knows before we ask. He longs or desires for us to be dependant upon Him. For this reason, He says, that you have not because you ask not… Are you asking?