Do you see God as Father? I would be able to tell based on your prayer life. From experience, difficult times reveal what we believe. I learned that my perspective of God was skewed. Here are a few inaccuracies I believed about God:
- He does not notice me-I thought prayer meant proving my worthiness to God. I would try to use “spiritual” words to prove that God should hear me. If I realized He already loved me, I would simply come to Him as I am.
- He does not hear me-I thought prayer meant speaking loudly to God in pressing moments. I thought if I were a little bit nosier in prayer that God would answer more swiftly. The truth is God understands me, even my unintelligible words and tears. If I realized He hears me I would come to Him as His daughter, not a stranger.
What fallacies do you believe about God that are not true?
Recently, I read Matthew 6:7-8 and this truth stood out to me:
When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.
Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him (NLT).
Wow, this scripture described how I was approaching God. Babbling. Babbling is aimless chatter that does not have an intended target. I could experience more results and relief in prayer if I spoke to God instead speaking around Him by complaining. Direct conversations with God bring direct answers and peace. The only way we can experience answered prayers is by realizing God as our Father.
What are the characteristics of a good Father?
- A good father cares about His children’s well-being.
- A good father wants to listen to His children.
- A good father wants to provide wise counsel to His children. A good father cares.
God meets each of these characteristics and many more! As long as I approached God as an answer instead of the answer nothing changed. As much as God wanted to be my Father, He could not assist me because I was in the way. I put more trust in my words, my efforts and my strength.
I find that many of us struggle with seeing God as our Father. We struggle with worthiness and concerns about God’s love for us. There is one truth, “…Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). God has a track record of being a good Father and through Jesus shows us that we too have access to a loving Father that can help us to overcome the world.
Questions to Consider Today:
How do you approach God during prayer? Do you see Him as Father?