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Embracing the “Father-ness” of God

In Scripture we see how the Holy Spirit always leads us to Jesus, and how Jesus always leads us to the Father. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). If we want to see the Father, then we have to look at Jesus! That’s where we begin.

The problem is some of us feel separated from God the Father for some very sad reasons. You may have been abused or hurt by your earthly father. You may have been left by your father or ignored. Or maybe your father showed favoritism.

The wounds inflicted on you in your search for “father-ness” can leave a bitterness that makes you say, “Don’t ask me to pray to God the Father. I’ll pray to Jesus or the Spirit, and that’ll be just fine.”

But this isn’t what Jesus taught. He tells us clearly that what He did on earth was so that we could pray through Him to the Father. This is why He taught us to begin our prayers with “Our Father….”

Regarding the Spirit, the Spirit helps us pray when we don’t know what to pray for. He gives us ideas and thoughts and prayers to pray, but nowhere in the Bible does it say we should pray to the Spirit of God. The Spirit is the One who holds the torchlight on Christ, and Christ is the One who holds the torchlight on the Father.

So whatever problem you might have with praying to God the Father, pray about getting past it once and for all. Your prayer life will never have the richness it needs until you understand what the Bible says about the Father-ness of God. So bring your heart to the Scriptures, see what the Bible says about God’s Father-ness, and ask Him to change your heart.