The Lords Prayer- Helping Men Pray - Pt3
"...Who is in Heaven..."
There is a distinction to be made, He is our Heavenly Father. Whatever your experience of what a human father may be, Jesus is making something clear, this Father, your Heavenly Father is not in the same category as any other father you have ever met. He is not the product of another father who is the product of a father before him, He is the original Father who has always been and will always be. He is not the fruit or the product of another, He is exactly the way He wants to be.
Understanding the Father as Heavenly is to recognize His authority and sovereignty, like the child of a President or Prime Minister. As your Father He is available and approachable (through Jesus Christ) but likewise He is the most powerful and important person of past, present, and future. It should produce a sense of humility and awe in us to accompany our new found comfort and access to Him as Father.
Again we are drawn back to the person and work of Jesus. In Jesus, God is revealed to us as the all powerful loving Father! What a combination! Because Jesus has given us His righteousness we do not have to fear our insufficiencies or shortcomings, the things within that deserve God as enemy instead of Father. With this newfound peace with God in Jesus His heavenly-ness is no longer something in which we must fear but now becomes our source of hope and confidence.
We now have a perfect Father with perfect power.