Words of Hope and Faith for the Weary

Our Father which art in Heaven

My own father is now deceased; but as I meditated upon the scriptures and my life, I realized that I had taken many things that he told me in my youth into my adulthood. Some of the things he said came from the hurts and pains that he received through his own life’s travels. Most were his own ideologies, and attitudes that he developed over the years, and not necessary the truth, or the best for me; of course, he meant well, but he was only human too. However good or bad they were I held them close within my heart through the years, because I loved, respected, and wanted to please him; even now my love for him continues.
As I meditated on my father, the Lord’s Prayer came into my thoughts. Matthew 6:9 (KJV) says, “9 after this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” Though I read that passage many times, even knew it by heart, only at that time did I fully realize that God was “my father.”
Jesus knew God was his father, from his youth; throughout his walk upon the earth, he loved and respected his father so much, that he could not possibly let him down in any way. Matthew 4: 3-4 tells us “And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Jesus had two other temptations on this occasion, but he always replied, “(God) his father said.”
Jesus was God, but also he was flesh. However, we know he held on tightly to the words his father told him, and prayed that we would do the same. He wanted to us give us the same hope that he had. Like Jesus, I said the same words, “My father said.” The belief in his words, helped to dictate the path my life would follow. Now my truth is, when I gave my life to God, through Jesus, I gained a new father; now he is gives me new ideas, beliefs, and attitudes.
I am convinced he loves me in spite of my shortcomings. Not only me, but also everyone reading this, and his love is everlasting. I heard words like, “God is going to take away what you have; he is going to give you some horrible disease; or he won’t listen to your prayers. Look at who you are.” These words held me back from God; he was too vengeful for me; always fearful of what he might do to me. However, The Lord’s Prayer, and other parts in the bible opened my eyes as I studied. It told me something different; Jesus died for my sins, and when I gave my life to God; he became my father. He loves me more than my human father ever could, and comfort to know he is not in heaven planning my destruction. He is waiting for me to come to him as I would my own father, and hold his words dear to my heart.
He promised me, ” in Matthew 7:7-127 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Just as others say that God is here to destroy me because of my wrongs, I believe in the words spoken in Matthew, that I can come to God for his help and he hears me. My new father is placing a new attitudes and beliefs within me, because he wants the best for me. He helps me to understand my faults, and in turn, I shy away from them. He comforts me through my trials, and I have lost no habits or ways, I did not freely give up. Now, I try to let God’s words bury themselves deep within my heart, as I did my own earthly father. He loves me (and you), and wants no harm for me, only goodness and peace within my heart. When I walk in his love and grace, I know that whatever comes my way, my father (God) is there and knows what I am going through.
Hold your heads up; he can grow a beautiful flower from even the worse seed, when you hold him close and live by his words; the instructional words, but also the words of hope, love, and peace. If you believe in his wrath, you must believe in his love and grace.
I would like to thank you all for the wonderful comments; truly, they uplift my heart. I live through life’s struggles as you do, and I only pray that my words gives you some type of peace, and realization you are not alone.