We have learned that the “Lord’s Prayer” is a blueprint for our communication with God. It is not a chant nor hollow words mouthed in repetitious recital. It is rather the “manner” that we should speak with our Father. In other words, we should pray with the understanding of the concepts presented in this model prayer.
And the first words that we should speak to Him when addressing Him is “Our Father.” Our Father. As we stop and savor these words, we see that God is the closest of our kin. He engendered us. We have His spiritual genes in our spirit. In our spiritual family tree, He is just above us. He is our closest family member.
Our closest family member. We are not an only child of the King. This is the second big take away in our meditation on the first two words of God’s example prayer. We have brothers and sisters that He loves as much as He loves us. It is a pretty big family.
The Father and the Creator
God is “our Father.” God is not everyone’s Father. He is the Creator of all, but not the Father of all. The Pharisees claimed God as their Father. They said to Christ, “We have one Father, even God.” But Christ told the Pharisees, “If God were your Father, you would love me…You seek to kill me, a man that has told you the truth…You are of your father the devil…a murderer from the beginning…a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:40-44).
We see, then, two spiritual fathers at work in the earth: “Our Father” and “your father the devil.” And to help the sons and daughters of God, Christ left us the salutation in His Blueprint Prayer, “Our Father” to distinguish our Father from their father.
Describing their father the devil, Christ said that there was no truth in him, that he is the father of all lies. Earlier, Christ told the Pharisees that the truth–not the lies–would make you free. Free from what? they responded. We’ve never been a slave to any man. Then Christ told them that their slavery to sin and sinning was what the truth would free them from. And that truth was Him (Jn 8: 32-36) To read more on them, see https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/parable-of-the-tares-in-the-field-who-are-these-children-of-the-wicked-one-part-ii-conversations-with-the-seer
The words, “Our Father,” also signify an engendering by God, begetting several spiritual offspring. The LORD (Yahweh in the Hebrew), told the prophet Jeremiah, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee” (Jer. 1:4-5). God knew Jeremiah before his earthly conception and gestation. And God chose him and ordained him a prophet before he “came forth out of the womb.” Jeremiah was “born from above”–begotten by God long before coming to earth. Jeremiah was in the very heart of God–and so were we, His sons and daughters, before the time of our earthly, fleshly sojourn.
Our Father “has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world” (Eph. 1:4). He knew us before and has predestined us “to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Rom. 8:29). He has given us a destiny to be like Christ before the world was ever founded. This is nothing less that God’s purpose–reproducing Himself.
And so the cycle goes: seed time and harvest. God the husbandman has great patience waiting for His children to grow up until they are “conformed to the image of His Son.” He will endure the “vessels fitted unto destruction” in order to create His “royal priesthood,” His ruling offspring. This is our destiny, ordered for us by “our Father.”
For make no mistake. Christ told it like it is. He warned that in the last days, many will be deceived by false prophets and false teachers who lead the sheep through the wide and broad gate to destruction. They are wolves in “sheep’s clothing.” They show themselves as God’s spokesmen, but are really modern day Pharisees, whose father is not “our Father.”
And to the many who are deceived by them Christ warns: “Many will say to me, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:13-23). Let’s see: God knew Jeremiah–even before he was born. But these He never knew. He knew all things with foreknowledge and knew that they would not believe Him and His words. And yet they mouthed a bunch of half-truths about Him, but they didn’t do the will of our Father “which is in heaven” (v. 21).
There is a lot in the phrase “Our Father.” We must begin to pray with the understanding of His words. It is a great privilege to call Him “our Father.” Not everyone truthfully can. Kenneth Wayne Hancock