How God Expresses Fatherhood
One way God expresses His Fatherhood is in His desire for an intimate relationship with us. Notice how the first line of the Lord’s Prayer—“Our Father who is heaven, hallowed be Your name” (Matt. 6:9)—moves from His fatherhood to His holiness. In one sentence, Jesus shows us that we can have a personal relationship with God even though He is holy and perfect. This prayer has a sense of transparency, which indicates a close, trusting relationship. We can ask our Father to provide our daily needs and completely forgive our sins; we can also ask Him to give us the power to forgive others who sin against us.
Quieting ourselves before God enables us to sense His presence, and the more we’re attuned to Him, the more He will reveal who He is. We’ll also better understand His desire to communicate with us and show His love. And we can trust that He hears us. If He weren’t listening, why would Jesus have said, “Ask, and it will be given to you” (Luke 11:9)?
God’s unconditional love, the greatest expression of His fatherhood, is the same for those who accept Him as it is for those who reject Him. But unfortunately, those who reject the Lord position themselves in such a way that they cannot enjoy His divine love. Yet we who follow Christ remain in God’s unconditional care and protection, which is fully accessible (John 15:9-11).
The Lord promises to be with us forever (John 14:16-18). How awesome to have a Father who knows us intimately, speaks to us, and offers us unconditional love that will never end.