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Good Fathers

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thursday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

“If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” (Luke 11:13)

Just before Jesus shares the parable of the persistent friend, He teaches His disciples how to pray. We are all familiar with how this prayer opens: “Our Father in heaven.†Why are these scriptures trying to direct our gaze toward God as our Father?

 

Jesus tells us that I can trust God in the same way that we trust good earthly fathers.   My earthly father not only provided for my needs, but alsohe also fulfilled many of my wants. I know that he took pleasure in being the source through which a desire of my heart was fulfilled.  I grew to trust him through his provision. My Father in heaven desires that I know Him and His goodness in an even greater way than I knew my earthly father’s provision. I am fortunate to have a good example in my earthly father, and I know that for some this is not true.

 

Our heavenly Father takes pleasure in our efforts to seek Him. He could give us the things we desire without inviting us to ask, but He wants us to know from whom the gift came. In His beautiful design, He sets us up to increase our faith so that we trust in Him more as He fulfills our desires. Ultimately, it is our faith in Him that pleases Him the most.    He is the King of relationship and loves that we ask of Him. He longs for us to boldly approach Him with unashamed childlikeness with our requests.     

 


Our Father in heaven,

thank You for being a good Father to Your children.

Open the eyes of our hearts that we may see You more clearly for who You are. Thank You for the invitation to seek You.

Satisfy the longings of our hearts with Your goodness.


Justin Sharp, MD
Avera Medical Group Neonatology, Sioux Falls

MALACHI 3:13-20B ● PSALM 1:1-2, 3, 4 AND 6 ● LUKE 11:5-13

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