“ Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…”
I love competition and can turn anything into it. Who can fold his or her half of the laundry the quickest? How quickly can I make this cup of coffee? Can I take out the trash before Cat, my wife, finishes cleaning the kitchen? Turning everyday chores into contests is just the norm around our home. The competitive part of me really loves to focus on Jesus as King. When looking at the Lord’s Prayer, I enjoy praying for His kingdom to come and will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
My prayer life really changed when I began to learn that God is not only our King but is also our Father. It is so easy for me to disconnect the all-powerful nature of God from His Fatherly nature. Not only am I approaching a great King (Hebrews 1:3-4) when praying, but I am also seeking out my caring Father. Not only do I serve King Jesus, but also I am a son communing with my loving Dad. It is even weird to mention God as a Dad. It seems too personal, too informal, and too intimate.
Having a little boy has helped me with this. I always thought people were being dramatic when they said that they could not explain the deep love they had for their kids. I was totally wrong. If you have kids you understand, there is a love for your kids that transcends comprehension. The love we have for our kids is personal, informal, and intimate. As we approach God today, let’s pray that we can know the tender love our Father has for His kids.