LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Friday, March 30, 2007


“Our Father who art in heaven.”

Jesus does not teach us to pray this way in order to differentiate between our earthly fathers and our heavenly Father. He is reminding us about the character of God, our Father. Our Father is in heaven. We are on earth. That is how completely other God is from us. He is holy. We are not.

Our Father is absolutely separate from sin and evil while we are immersed in them. He is eternal while we live in time. He is life and we are bound to bodies of death. Our Father is surrounded by holy angels while our community is made up of our fellow fallen creatures. In heaven, our Father sees all things, the beginning from the end. We have no idea what the next moment holds for us.

Our Father in heaven is perfect Lover of our souls. He is Giver of peace and contentment. He is unchanging, the rock of our hope from which our anchor will never slip. Our Father is in heaven from where his protection of our lives and souls is both certain and sure. From heaven he never loses sight of us. From heaven he never fails to hear our petitions. His will is never frustrated and he always accomplishes that which he intends. Our Father is in heaven.

What comfort and assurance is afforded us in this brief clause! God is in heaven and as long as he is in heaven, all is well with my soul and my prayers!


Blogger jazzycat said...

God is the only source for peace and rest for our souls. This is a very comforting meditation.

March 31, 2007 8:27 AM

Blogger bluecollar said...

"God is in heaven and as long as he is in heaven, all is well with my soul and my prayers!"

A great truth! He is other than us. Because of Him we shall someday be where He is now.

March 31, 2007 9:17 AM

Blogger Gayla said...

Oh Dave, very good thoughts! I look forward to reading what you have to say on the whole prayer. :)

April 01, 2007 8:47 PM

Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Excellent post.

April 02, 2007 3:26 AM

Blogger Craver Vii said...

You know, I have not taught my children to memorize that prayer. Not that I have been against it, but here it came up again, and it should be quite do-able.

April 02, 2007 6:08 PM

Blogger Shiloh Guy said...

Thanks again. I appreciate your feedback. With all the "stuff" we're hearing on this blog it encourages me to know my Father is above it, in heaven.

April 03, 2007 10:49 PM


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