Why seeing God as a Father can have a profound effect on your life.
“Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”
— Matthew 6:9 | ESV
In a study published in 2011 in the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, it was observed that the more present fathers were in a family, the more secure their children were; the less involved, the more insecure they became. The healthy presence of a father holds a deep, positive influence over a child’s life and development.
Interestingly, Jesus refers to God as Father 154 times in the New Testament, emphasising His nature as a Father. Seeing God as a Father may be difficult for some, but is essential for the profound impact it has on our lives.
God the Father gives us an identity (1 John 3:1), a direction (2 Timothy 1:9); He protects us fiercely (Psalm 91) and provides dependably (Matthew 7:7–11). When you learn to see God as your Father it changes the way you see Him and how you see yourself. The more involved you allow Him to be, the more secure your life becomes.