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Lord's Day 46

120. Why did Christ command us to address God thus: "Our Father"?

To awaken in us at the very beginning of our prayer that childlike reverence for and trust in God, which are to be the ground of our prayer, namely, that God has become our Father through Christ, and will much less deny us what we ask of Him in faith than our parents refuse us earthly things1.

  1. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Matt. 7:9-11 .

    If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” Luke 11:11-13 .

    * And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear. 1 Peter 1:17 .

    * Doubtless You are our Father, Though Abraham was ignorant of us, And Israel does not acknowledge us. You, O LORD, are our Father; Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name. Isa. 63:16 .

 

121: Why is it added: "Who art in heaven"?

That we might have no earthly thought of the heavenly majesty of God1, and from His almighty power expect all things necessary for body and soul2.

  1. “Am I a God near at hand,” says the LORD, “And not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?” says the LORD; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the LORD. Jer. 23:23,24 .

    God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. ... Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. ... so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. Acts 17:24,25 ,27.
  2. For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. Rom. 10:12 .

    * Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O LORD my God, and listen to the cry and the prayer which Your servant is praying before You today. 1 Kings 8:28 .

    * But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases. Ps. 115:3.
 

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