Why is it so important to acknowledge God as Father? Let’s consider some blessings that go along with this amazing, vertical relationship.
First, if God is our Father we have authority to approach him in prayer.
*** Please read John 1:9-13. Notice verse 12. What has been given to those who have believed on Christ and accepted him? According to verse 13, how do we become children of God?
God wants to grant us the right to be called his children. Unlike many seem to believe, being his child is not automatic. We are not all God’s children. Only those who are born of God can be called his children, only those who put their trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord. In John 14:6 Jesus made this clear: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
Those who are God’s adopted children can enjoy a second incredible benefit: accessibility to his throne of grace. In the Old Testament, only the Levite priests could go into the Holy of Holies. But now, adoption as his sons and daughters grants us complete access to God, any time of any day! Listen to what Hebrews 10 says about that: “We can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him” (v. 19-22a).
In one of our recent mission trips, we had the privilege to meet a distinguished member of the Zambian Parliament, the Honorable Dr. Martin Malama. We met Dr. Malama at a radio station in Zambia where we were doing an interview about NLW’s leadership training in Africa. He invited our team to eat with him at the Parliament headquarters. We could hardly believe we had been given such an opportunity!