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    Dearly Beloved, OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN “Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name” (Matthew 6:9 RSV). Jesus Christ was
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 18, 2011
      Dearly Beloved,
      �Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name�
      (Matthew 6:9 RSV).
      Jesus Christ was teaching His disciples how not to pray. It was likely that
      this led to the disciples� quest for how to pray as Luke recorded it in his
      Gospel (see Luke 11:1). In response, Jesus taught them a model prayer that
      is popularly known as �The Lord�s Prayer.� This model prayer both in Matthew
      and Luke�s accounts started with a staggering revelation: the target of the
      prayer who is �Our Father who art in heaven.� Jesus did not refer to God as
      God as many other people in other world religions would do. He referred to
      God as �Father.� This is not the only place where Jesus referred to God as
      Father. He referred to God as �Father� in many places.
      This reference was not strange to the Jews because God had revealed Himself
      to them and had been dealing with them as a father. In fact, the position
      and authority of the father as the head of the family are endorsed and
      clearly understood in the Scriptures, as a likeness of that of the Almighty
      God over His creatures. The word �father� is applied in the Bible to any
      ancestor (Deuteronomy 1:11; 1 Kings 15:11; Matthew 3:9; 23:30). It is used
      as a title of respect to a chief, ruler, or elder (Judges 17:10; 18:19; 1
      Samuel 10:12; 2 Kings 2:12; Matthew 23:9). It can be used for the author or
      beginner of anything (Genesis 4:20, 21; Job 38:28). It is also applied to
      God (Exodus 4:22; Deuteronomy 32:6; 2 Samuel 7:14; Psalms 89:27, 28). It
      denotes His covenant relation to the Jews (Jeremiah 31:9; Isaiah 63:16;
      64:8; John 8:41), and by extension to Christians. So, believers are called
      God�s �sons� (John 1:12; Romans 8:16; Matthew 6:4, 8, 15, 18; 10:20, 29).
      They also call Him �Father� (Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:3; 2 Corinthians
      1:2; Galatians 1:4). God�s fatherhood is the ground and pattern for human
      As the Father of all His creation, especially man, are you relating with God
      as a son or daughter? Are you given Him the honour that is due to Him? God
      asks, �If I am a father, where is the honour due to me?� (Malachi 1:6 NIV).
      As a father, can your biological children relate freely with you as their
      father? Have you done enough for them to deserve their honour? If you still
      have a living father, how are you taking care of him?
      Happy Father�s Day!
      In His service,
      Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

      Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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      "I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have
      sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,
      whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS
      GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).

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