It is a joy and privilege to praise God. He has revealed so many wonderful aspects of His character in His word. He is the Great and Almighty Creator of the universe, full of power and majesty beyond comprehension. And yet, He is also the tender lover of my soul and gentle Savior who redeemed me with His own life.
It is important that we recognize both aspects of His nature. A great and mighty god who was not holy would be a terrifying tyrant. A kind and loving god who was not all powerful would be impotent to accomplish the good he desired for us. Neither of these “gods” would be worthy of our worship. Like the mythological gods of old, they are too much like us (selfish and weak) to be elevated above us.
As I have dug deep into the Lord’s Prayer over the past year, I am amazed at how rich the first four words have become to me. “Our Father in Heaven, …” For too long, I’ve prayed these four words like a salutation, about as spiritual and passionate as beginning a prayer with, “Dear Sir”. But there is SO much more!
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I hope you’ve already downloaded and printed your prayer guide because now I’m going to add to it. I have created some new pages for you to add that will help you begin to comprehend the richness of the meaning behind “Our Father in Heaven”.
“Our Father” addresses who God is in relation to us. It indicates the strong ties of family and a tender and adoring love. Calling God Father points to His goodness toward us and His nearness to us.
Your prayer guide has a few short sentences about the goodness and nearness of God. Here are two more pages of notes and scriptures you can use to praise God for how He loves you.
“In Heaven” goes beyond a loving Father and reveals that our “Daddy” is the King of all that is, was, and ever will be. He created the universe and rules over it with authority and power.
Now we praise Him for His greatness. I have another whole list of names and scriptures that I use to praise His power and sovereignty.
So four little words have now been expanded to 5 pages for you. (And this is by no means an exhaustive list!) But don’t let that scare you off! I’ve divided them all up by days of the week so you can focus on a small chunk of scriptures and soak in a different portion of God’s Word each day.
Please use these notes in your prayer time this week and let me know how it changed your perspective. What other names and attributes of God have you been able to add to the list?
But wait, there’s more! See all the free printables to add to your prayer guide here.
Elizabeth is a military spouse, veteran, and mother of eight. Above and beyond caring for her family, her mission is to offer words that sustain weary moms and to empower and equip them to live and parent with purpose.