|“Since God called me to preach,” wrote Rev. Lawrence Schaper, a minister who is now in Heaven, “I never, from that day to this present time, asked Him to supply any of our needs. When I was a boy working for my father, he supplied all of my needs without my asking him; now, since I have been working for my Heavenly Father I expected Him to supply all of our needs and He did. I believed God.” Such an underlying confidence that our Heavenly Father will supply, both honors and pleases God.
This father-child intimacy is one of the great truths the Holy Spirit longs to reveal to us. Jesus referred to our “father” fifteen times in the Sermon on the Mount.
We can’t fully comprehend that God loves us like He loves His Son Jesus, and yet that is what Jesus stated in His prayer to His Father. “You… have loved them even as you have loved me” (John 17:23).
God’s Spirit is sent to our hearts to help us realize this intimacy into which we are invited. “Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father'” (Galatians 4:6).I don’t ever remember having to coax my dad to buy me shoes that I needed or food when I was hungry. My earthly father knew I needed those things and happily provided them. “…how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11). God is especially concerned about those who have no earthly father and gives them special assurances of His parental care. “Father to the fatherless, defender of widows-this is God, whose dwelling is holy” (Psalm 68:5 NLT). Give me grace to sense the wonder of calling You Father. Help me to visualize You as a loving Father when I pray.
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1).”
PS from Jennie:
I’d like to invite all of you reading this to a free conference called Come to the Fire, September 30-October 2, 2010 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Aletha is one of the organizers, and I’ve been blessed to attend the past two years. You won’t regret coming because God shows up… and it’s fun. 🙂 More info HERE.