“For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen”
Matthew 6:13 KJV
For all its simplicity the Lord’s Prayer is an astonishingly powerful summation of the Christian life. It shows us our standing in God’s family, it shows us how we are to deal with sin, trials and temptations in our lives. It shows us how we are to respond to those who hurt or wrong us. It shows us that God’s people are to stand united and in constant support of one another. It shows us we are protected and secure and that Satan has no power over us. But above all of this, it shows us that God is Holy. Everything is in HIS hands; all power in heaven and on earth belongs to HIM alone for all of time and all of eternity.
God the Father?
How humbling is that one line to our overly self-indulgent, independent society. Even as Christians while we hold tightly to the idea that God is our Father, we have lost sight of what a father was intended to be. Think of all the fathers you see on TV or in the movies. Now think of how a good portion of fathers today act within their families. The idea of the father has been so diluted, and warped that its no wonder we can no longer comprehend God’s function as not only loving protector but also as an authority to respected and obeyed.
As society has gradually allowed the role of the father to shift, it has had a direct impact on our concept of God. Fathers are to be a reflection and example of who God is to His people. If Homer Simpson was even a small reflection of who God is, would you have any level of faith in God’s ability to break down the walls of sin & temptation in your life? Would you even want Him to?
A Poor Reflection
Its not surprising then that the world today has little interest in a relationship with God, much less His Son. It is up to us, as Christians, to begin to change our perceptions of who God really is regardless of the poor reflections we are see each day. In fact, If you are a father, it is up to you to endeavor to be that reflection. If you are wife or child it is up to you to empower Dads to be the reflection God intended.
The more we ourselves regain the fearful reverence of a God who holds “the kingdom, the power and the glory” for all eternity, the more others will be able to see Him that way as well. I for one, have no problem believing a God like that, my Daddy, can break down any wall at all! And believe me when I say I can’t wait to shout about it to everyone I meet!
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