THE LORD’S PRAYER PART 2
( Matthew 6:9-13 )
-The word "Father" means: an author, creator, or initiator of anything. How fitting it is that the Father, Who
is the Creator and beginning of all things, is also to be the beginning of our prayer. The very first words of the Lord’s
Prayer are … OUR FATHER! How beautiful is the word Father! How beautiful it is to call Him “ THE FATHER”!
It is especially beautiful to call Him OUR FATHER!
-This gives evidence to the fact that He is our Creator. We are of Him, through Him, and to Him ( Romans 11:36
). In Him we live, and move, and have our being ( Acts 17:28 ).
-So … If God is our Father, then that means that we are His sons and daughters. In essence, WE ARE HIS
CHILDREN … ALL OF US! Acts 17:28,29 states, … For in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also
of your own poets have said, FOR WE ARE HIS OFFSPRING. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think
that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device … As well, we are told
in Ecclesiastes 12:1 to remember our Creator in the days of our youth.
-Referring to God as your Father implies that there is to be an intimacy in your relationship with Him. Romans
8:14,15 states, … For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For you have not received the
spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, ABBA, FATHER …
-Don’t you want to personally know God as YOUR Father? There is so much awaiting us due to the fact that
we have received the Spirit of adoption ( sonship )! Let us recognize God as our Father and Creator in all things. We are
able to call Him our Father through the blood and cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. What a privilege! He is OUR FATHER!
-The Lord’s Prayer teaches us to first and foremost direct our heart and attention to the Author and Creator
of all things. If God is our Father, then He truly loves us, cares for us, wants the best for us, and desires to be intimate
with us. He longs to have a relationship with us. We know that a good earthly father desires to be all these things to his
children. HOW MUCH MORE does God want to be everything to us? Let us confidently refer to God as …