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In Touch - April 21, 2005

  • 2005 Apr 21

In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Thursday April 21, 2005

Knowing God as Our Father

Luke 11:2-4


God has many names that reveal different facets of His character, such as Creator, King, and Shepherd. But there’s a name that meets one of our greatest human needs in a special way: Father. Each of us was born with a deep desire to be loved unconditionally as a child—so many of our hurts and scars come from this desire never being fully met. What security and wholeness there is in knowing that we can call God “my Father!” Scripture tells us He is “a father to the fatherless” (Psalm 68:5) and that He will never leave us, even if our earthly parents abandon us (Psalm 27:10).


When Jesus taught the disciples’ how to pray, He used the term Abba (“Father” in Aramaic) for God. That was a brand-new concept at the time; God was referred to as a Father to Israel but the word was used sparingly in the Old Testament. Even God’s personal name, Yahweh, was considered too holy to speak out loud.  Few thought of having a personal, individual connection to almighty God.


Although the Lord has showed Himself to be a loving Father all throughout history, it’s only through Christ that we’ve inherited the privilege to call the Him our Father. (Galatians 4:4-7) The New Testament gives witness to Christ’s revelation of this wonderful relationship we can have with our heavenly Father: the name appears 245 times—over 100 times in John’s gospel alone. Paul opens each of his letters acknowledging God as our Father. Knowing God as our perfect parent continues to be a radical truth that Jesus has taught us.


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