"Our Father Who is Near Us"

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My husband and I have been attending a series of Bible Studies at our church that have just been wonderful. The last two weeks we have been talking about the 4 habits to develop if we want to grow in Christ. We've had some great discussions and I plan to share some of it with you over the next few weeks.

I'll start tonight with just a small bit of history/insight in regards to the Lord's Prayer. We were discussing prayer (habit #2) and this was just one of those tidbits of information that gives a whole new vantage point from which to view a passage of scripture.

In our society today, we typically believe and talk about heaven being above us... in the sky. However, at the time Jesus was on the earth, it was commonly believed amongst the Jews that heaven was all around us. The air that surrounded us. The molecules that touched our skin. So, when Jesus taught us how to pray in the New Testament with the words "Our Father Who Art in Heaven..." what He was saying in the understanding of people at that time was "Our Father Who is Near Us...". Changes your whole perspective as you read the verse, doesn't it?

My prayer today is that we all will experience "Our Father Who is Near Us"!


5 Thoughts Shared:

Simply Dawn said...

I just love your post today and I love knowing that He is near us...He is with us everyday every step. Thanks for sharing and thank you for your sweet comment you left me. It means so much to knowing that there are good Christain friends out there who care!

Mae said...

Excellent tidbit of info. Have blessed week.

Tracy said...

I SO love the name of God, Emmanuel...God with us. Rejoicing in that glorious thought! Thank you for sharing.

Tracy said...

Just wanted to also thank you for checking in on, and praying for Millie...you'll never know how much I appreciate that.

Blessings,
Tracy

Natalie said...

Thank you for those words!