For good or ill, none of us can minimize the importance of the role of a father in the lives of his children. Whether or not we have known the blessing of a good earthly father, we can all have the Father our hearts long for.
This Father has millions upon millions of children yet He knows you as though you were His only child. In fact, He knew you before you ever drew your first breath. He wrote your story with a good, purposeful plan in mind. He made you with gifts and talents and a unique personality. He knows you by name and has written it on the palm of His hand.
He not only knows your name, He knows your heart. Nothing is hidden from Him. He has promised that He will never abandon you, no matter what, and He has never broken a single promise. He rejoices with you in your joy, and in your pain He holds you so close you can sometimes feel His breath against your cheek.
When you come to Him with your failures and sin, He not only forgives – He forgets. Time after time He picks you up and sets you back on the right path.
To be loved in such a way is almost beyond our understanding. Equally miraculous – this beloved Father, the One who created the heavens and the earth, longs to have conversation with you. He wants to hear your voice. He wants to know what troubles you. He wants to hear you say thank you for the blessings He pours into your life and to hear your praise so your heart will be reminded of who He is.
We call it prayer – this talking with our Father. We have often misunderstood it – especially when our side of the conversation seems to fall on deaf ears. When an answer doesn’t come immediately or the answer is no, we feel He has somehow failed us. In reality, He is answering every prayer with wisdom, love and purpose.
We have a Father who loves us unconditionally and longs to draw us close. His heart is blessed when His children call His name.
“I love the Lord, because He hears my voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.” Psalm 116: 1,2
“Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.” Psalm 139:16