These are the beginning words of Jesus when teaching his disciples how to pray. What does this mean? The very suggestion that we are able to talk to God is a humbling phenomenon. Even more humbling is that the Creator of the universe takes it one step further and asks us to call Him father. Essentially this relationship is like the story of the young boy and his boat:
A young boy spent weeks working on a wooden toy boat. He carved out a mast and attached a beautiful white sail. The boat was without a doubt the most splendid little toy boat that had ever been seen. One day when the weather was nice, the young boy took his boat for a voyage. He had just placed his beloved boat in the water, when a gust of wind took the boat far out to sea. The boy cried and tried to catch his boat, but to no avail. Heart broken, he went back to that spot every day to sea if the tides had brought his boat back. Each day he trudged home empty handed, until one day he as he was trudging by the shops on his route home he spied his boat in the window. He jumped for joy and ran into the shop exclaiming that it was his boat. The shop told him their price, which he gladly paid, and as he took his boat from the shop he looked at that boat and said “little boat, now you are twice mine as I have made you and paid for you”.
Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
God, our Father created us, loved us, and then when we were lost He paid for us. Lets walk through each day knowing we are God’s beloved children. How do you think your life would change if you truly believed this?
Today, please join us in prayer for the teachers in our schools.