The Father’s Heart

We can all agree that fathers are pretty important, right?

Whether you and your father go golfing on Sundays, your father is the Pastor you listen to or your father isn’t around anymore, the father position is extremely significant and influential. Positive or negative.

In fact, I would like to go so far as to say that in the lives of this generation of young people the father position, now more than ever, is about as indispensable as ever.

God willing one day I’ll be a father. A good one at that (a good husband as well but that’s a topic for another post!). Be that as it may, I’m the kind of person who doesn’t like doing things without an example. I’ll create new things and start new movements but I hate doing something important and not having and direction of guidance. I’m that guy in your school who’s always asking the teacher questions like “so is this it?” and “can’t you just give me an exemplar essay?” you know those people. In the same way when I become a father I most definitely want some help or an example, and what better example than our heavenly father.

Matthew 6:9–13

If you don’t recognise this passage of scripture from it’s “postcode” as I like to call it, don’t worry, when you turn your Bible there you’ll recognise it immediately. The Lord’s Prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer showcases the role of a father perfectly.

I want to share with you 4 duties of a father. Remember beyond the physical there are spiritual fathers. Whose role mirrors that of physical fathers so don’t shrug this off just because you’re a woman or because you don’t have kids yet.

1. It is the father’s role to provide bread daily. (v. 11)

Give us this day our daily bread

A father must provide bread. In society the father is known as the breadwinner and appropriately so. This “bread” is not limited just to food or drink it is any need or requirement the children have. Spiritually the word of God acts as that bread but also things like messages, spiritual books also act as needs of spiritual children. It is a fathers duty/role to provide his children with bread DAILY, whether physical bread or spiritual bread. When a child isn’t fed daily both physically and spiritually the result is the same, they’ll starve.

2. It is the father’s role to forgive. (v.12)

“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors”

Fathers have patience. You need patience to be a father notice how the elder brother in the prodigal son parable was quick to be angry at the younger brother (Luke 15:28). He had no fathering ability!!! A father’s heart is big enough to still forgive and love when the child falls and fails, a father’s love allows him to keep forgiving.

3. It is the father’s role to lead not into temptation. (v.13)

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen”

A key role of a father is to lead in a direction where the children will not be tempted or will avoid UNNECESSARY temptations and trails. It is not every trial and temptation that children must go through, many can be avoided simply by having an active and working father. The MSG version also says these temptations and trails can sometimes be the children themselves “Keep us safe from ourselves…” CHILDREN DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY GET THEMSELVES INTO!!!

4. It is the father’s role to deliver from evil. (v.13)

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen”

A father has the ability to deliver! Meaning a father can save! Salvation comes from the works of a father. The perfect example of course is that salvation for our sins came about by the works of our Heavenly Father God, whose delivered is from evil through Jesus.

I may not be a father now, you may not be a father now, but at some point in my spiritual and physical development I will be a father and you will be a father. When that time comes remember these duties of a father. God as our heavenly father is constantly fulfilling these duties for each and every single person who is his child, as children trying to be like their father, let’s copy and use the perfect example set before us.

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