A quick rain shower can be a pleasant surprise, right? The grass is wet and the pavement is damp. It wasn’t too much rain, but enough to get our attention. One thing about a quick rain shower is, it doesn’t completely wash our car does it? I would find my windshield with flecks of moist dirt and grime smeared over the glass. Of course, the first thing I had to do was use the windshield wipers to clear my view of the road. Otherwise I’d have distorted, unclear view of what I was looking at.
Sometimes our prayer life can be like this. We may have an unclear, distorted view of who God is and this can make going to God in prayer seem uncomfortable. So what can distort our view?
Each of us comes from a different background. Some of us had great parents and some of us were raised by strangers. Some of us had a comforting, positive influence from dad and some of us were terrified of dad. So, this background matters when we talk about prayer and how we see God. We’re using the windshield of our experiences from growing up. We will approach God based on our past experiences of who our father was. If we have an awesome dad, who cares about our feelings and listens to what we have to say, then going to God in prayer is easy. But if dad was never home, never cared or didn’t think highly of us, then going to God in prayer will not be something we look forward to. With this in mind, we need to make important distinctions between God the father and whoever raised us.
They’re not the same person.
One is the creator of the universe, omnipotent and sovereign. The other is a guy who may or may not have tried his best to raise a family.
When Jesus was asked how we ought to pray, he began with: “Our Father….”. This was something important we need to pay attention to. Jesus knows the fathers who raised/didn’t raise us. He knows what we missed and how those missing tokens affect us. Jesus was showing us the real Father we can go to in time of need. This Father is on board 24/7 and always has his ears on.
It’s important for us to see who God the father so we can go to Him without hesitation or doubt. Here’s some examples of God the father:
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! -1 John 3:1
“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” -John 1:12
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”-Jeremiah 29:11
Cleaning the windshield is necessary to have an undistorted view of what we’re looking at. Here’s some questions to help.
-What do you think God’s reaction is when you talk to Him?
-Do you feel God is approachable? Why or why not?
-What’s a simple way to change your view of God?