19 June 2016
Praying with Those Who Cannot – The Father
Greetings Dear Reader,
I realize that I am late in the day. I had not planned this segment of this to coincide with Father’s Day but here it is. Please know that as a father and grandfather I truly am grateful for my Children and Grandchildren.
When Jesus wished for us to understand more clearly how to pray he taught us: “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’”
The Father wished for us to love here as he loves there. He desires for us to forgive to the measure that we need forgiveness. He desires for us to depend on him. He wants to deliver us from the power of the evil one.
The Father loves us. We can repeat this prayer as often as necessary to understand this. As it is above we are to be below. We need to live out forgiveness and dependence upon the Father. We must pray for things to be as the Father wishes. We must count on the fact that we will ultimately be delivered from evil.
When we pray for those who cannot this is what we must wish for them. We need them to see the love and providence of the Father. We need to help them see their need for him. It is in the Father that we find our place to live and move in freedom. It is the Son that leads there in faith.
He is OUR Father. He is loving and kind. He makes no distinction other than faith or no faith. He asks only that we love him and our fellow travelers. I pray for those who cannot pray to understand this. Everything else rests on this.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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