Have you ever thought of God as your Father?
God loves us. In fact, he loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die
on the cross to forgive our sins, and rose again so we could have eternal
life. We are invited into His family. But have you ever seen God as your
In the story of the prodigal son, a son asks for his inheritance money, which
his father gives him. He then leaves home, to go on his own way. He lived a
life of fun and made lots of friends, but things went wrong when he ran out
of money, lost all his friends and was forced to work feeding pigs for a local
pig farmer. He got little money and was very hungry most of the time.
Eventually, the son realised the error of his ways, and decided to return
home and to ask his father to forgive him and give him some work on the
farm. However, when he returned, his father embraced him and even threw
a party and prepared a feast for him, saying “My son was lost, but he has
now been found.”
The father in the story represents God, our Father who loves us so much.
The son represents us as humans. We often try to go our own way instead
of following God’s plan for our lives. However, if we realise the wrongness
of our actions, come before God and ask him to forgive us, He will forgive
us. He will be there, waiting to embrace and forgive us, just as a loving
Father would. He is our Father and He cares for us. But how can we know
God as our Father?
- Grow in your relationship with God
Growing in your relationship with God through reading your Bible, praying
and more helps us be closer to Him, and to learn how much he loves us,
and is our loving Father. This is especially hopeful for those who may not
have an earthly father. God can be their loving Father in spite of the fact
that they don’t have an earthly father. God is the “father of the fatherless.
(Psalm 68:5). If you know anyone without an early father, you can tell them
about how much God loves them
Prayer is a great way of being closer to God and personally connecting with
Him. You can pray this prayer:
Dear God, thank you for loving me so much. Please help me to know you
as a Father, and that I am your son/daughter. Amen.
Not only is he your heavenly Father, you are also His son/daughter. Praying
this prayer can help you to also know this. You are a child of God.