The Lord’s Prayer, Part 5

“Our Father in heaven….” This opening phrase demonstrates the full scope of who God is. He is our Father. He is close to us; personal, present and ready to respond. And, He is also high and lifted up. He is the Exalted One. He is, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.” (Acts 17:24-25) He is “our Father in heaven.”

That our Father is in heaven is not meant to frighten us, but it should awe us with a sense of reverence (godly fear) and wonder! The fact that God is both our very present Father and our exalted God in heaven is also extremely comforting! For He is not like an earthly father who may disappoint, act selfishly, capriciously, or weakly. Listen to His voice as he calls:

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31)

That’s who our heavenly Father is! He is the Creator. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present. He is neither bound by time, nor by the physical laws that bind us. He is infinitely greater than all that. He is “our Father in heaven.” There is no place from which He cannot hear us. He is sovereign—there is nothing that surprises Him or escapes His notice. He knows us intimately—even our very thoughts and desires.

Knowing all of the above, King David prayed, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24) (See all of Psalm 139!) We pray to “our Father in heaven.”

©2011 Rob Fischer