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Father's Day 6.21.2015
Grace, mercy and peace from God our Heavenly Father and from His Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ be your now and forever, Amen.

Happy Father's day to all of you who are fathers. It is a day to remember our fathers and all fathers for their commitment to their role in life, to thank them, to support them, to encourage them and to inspire them to continue on being a father to their children as well as to those who are in need of a father. We are very thankful for our fathers and it is good to think on the blessing that they brought to us by bringing us into this world, for their love toward us in praying for us, for providing for our needs and for preparing us for a life as an adult. Today we honor their memory in our country by observing Father's Day.

We know that in the OT, there were many names given to God, which described particular characteristics of Himself, but He was never referred to as Father. Here is the list of some of His Names..

Elohim (God)
El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty)
El Elyon (The Most High God)
Adonai (Lord, Master)
Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah)
Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner)
Jehovah-Raah (The Lord My Shepherd)
Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals)
Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There)
Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness)
Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)
El Olam (The Everlasting God)
Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)
Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace)
Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts

In the New Testament, Jesus refers to Him as "Father." A much more intimate relationship with our Creator is now brought to His people and it is through being in communion with Him that our relationship of love with our Creator/Father is
made more meaningful and special. He is our father and we are his children. It is through talking with and listening to God in prayer that He wishes to deepen the love relationship that He has established with us through Christ and through the gift of the Holy Spirit.


Richard Wurmbrandt, a missionary who spent fourteen years in prison in Romania for preaching the Gospel, wrote in one of his books that the first two words of the Lord's Prayer, "Our Father" were of great comfort to him during the years of his captivity, especially in the later years when he had forgotten nearly all of the Bible verses that he had memorized. He stated that in these two words, "Our Father," he was reminded and encouraged that he was not an orphan and that he was not the only one suffering persecution, for God was his father and he had many brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world. It was a profound experience for Richard which came from thinking on and being fed by those two words which ministered grace and love to his soul.

When we think of the meaning of the words, Our Heavenly Father, we are reminded first and foremost that if He is our Father, then it means that we are His children. We are in essence hearing Him cry out through the ages based on His creative Word and His Incarnate Word: "I am your Father and you are my child!"

When we enter into communion with our Our Father, our needs, our pains, our frustrations and our cries are brought before Him on the basis of the Word. Some have used the Acronym ACTS to guide their times in fellowship with our Father: Acts: Adoration, C: Confession, T: Thanksgiving, S: Supplication. Many use the prayer that Jesus taught all Christians to pray, which is called The Lord's Prayer.

Our petitions are received by Him, they are considered, they are changed according to His will, and in that we are given peace as we move towards Him in oneness of spirit as we by faith accept all as from His loving hands. We may not understand, but we accept these things as from Him, knowing that Father knows best.

It is important that we realize that when we stop communing with Our Father in heaven, when we stop living and breathing in this relationship of love, in this Holy Communion, we begin to talk about God and not with Him.

Our meditation today is from Luke 11:1-13, a teaching which is given by Jesus as a result of the disciples having a request of Jesus: "Lord, Teach us how to pray as John taught his disciples to pray." Perhaps also they had observed as to how their Master had spent hours and hours in solitude with their God, whom Jesus knew as His Father and wanted them to come to know God as their Father also. In essence, were they asking, "Teach us how to connect with God?"

KJV Luke 11:1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

His Name, His Kingdom, His will
2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

Our needs for daily living, for forgiveness, for protection, for deliverance.
3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. (Being forgiven, we are those who forgive)
And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

His Reign is now and forever
(Matthew 6:13b For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.)

Keep Persisting before your Father
5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;
6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?
7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.
8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity (persistence) he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.

ASK
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.


ASK, refers to the gifts we pray for. But I may ask and receive the gift without the Giver.

SEEK is the word Scripture uses of God Himself; Christ assures me that I can find Himself. But it is not enough to find God in time of need, without coming to abiding fellowship:

KNOCK speaks of admission to dwell with Him and in Him.


There may be cases in which the answer is a refusal, because the request is not according to God’s Word, as when Moses asked to enter Canaan. But still, there was an answer: God did not leave His servant in uncertainty as to His will. Our Father lets His child know when He cannot give him what he asks, and he withdraws his petition, even as the Son did in Gethsemane. Both Moses the servant and Christ the Son knew that what they asked was not according to what the Lord had spoken: their prayer was the humble supplication whether it was not possible for the decision to be changed.

God will teach those who are teachable and give Him time, by His Word and Spirit, whether their request be according to His will or not. Let us withdraw the request, if it be not according to God’s mind, or persevere till the answer come. Prayer is appointed to obtain the answer. It is in prayer and its answer that the interchange of love between the Father and His child takes place. Sometimes He says yes, sometimes He says no, and sometimes He says later.


When your children ask for things, you give them to them.
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

How much more will your heavenly Father give you of Himself!!!!!!
13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

It is impossible to conceive of God bestowing any higher gift on His child than this, His own Spirit. God is what He is through His Spirit; the Spirit is the very life of God. Just think what it means—God giving His own Spirit to His child on earth.

For it is through the Spirit that our need for a Saviour is revealed to us, our means of salvation through Christ is revealed to us and the reality that the prince of this world has been defeated is revealed to us.

KJV John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
8 And when he is come, he will reprove/convince the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.


It is as His children that we pray the Lord's Prayer.

We need to be careful that we do not fall into the temptation of placing our needs in front of His desires for us and for the world. But rather that we would through fellowship and communion with Him in prayer grow in our knowledge of His heart and longing for the souls of those He has created and redeemed. That is why His Name, His kingdom and His will precedes the petitions in which we ask for our needs in daily bread, in forgiveness, protection from temptation and protection from the evil.


A little girl had been asking her father for a new bike, so on her birthday she was told to go look outside on the lawn. As she ran out there, she saw a new shiny bike waiting for her. She looked it over, got on it and went riding out into the street without a look back at her father who was looking out the window. As the father watched his daughter ride away, he uttered a prayer to our Father, saying: "Dear Father, help her not to forget the Giver of her bike."

The little child may ask of the father only what it needs for itself; and yet it soon learns to say, Give some for sister too.

There are two sorts of prayer: personal and intercessory

And when once we have learned thus to believe for ourselves, and each day to take out of the treasure we hold in heaven, what liberty and power to pray for the outpouring of the Spirit on the Church of God, on all flesh, on individuals, or on special efforts! He that has once learned to know the Father in prayer for himself, learns to pray most confidently for others too. The Father gives the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him, not least, but most, when they ask for others.


11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

What do you remember receiving from your father in your childhood, or at anytime in your life? I doubt if any of our fathers ever gave us stone in place of bread, a serpent in place of a fish, or a scorpion in place of an egg. No, they gave us those things that they knew would be good for our life at that time, and even though there were time when we did not understand why they withheld something that we really wanted, we soon got over it and moved on. But we probably kept asking.....But we probably either heard or said to ourselves. "Father knows best." Or maybe we thought or said something not so nice....

When I think of my father who was taken from this life when I was eleven years old, I have one distinct memory that is ever left with me and which I am eternally thankful to our Father in heaven for giving to me at the age of ten. For through this experience I was taught by my earthly father of the essence of who God our Father is: Grace and Truth as revealed through Jesus Christ. Here is the story and I hope that it provokes your memory as to how our Heavenly Father taught you through your earthly father concerning His grace and truth.

On a hot summer day, my siblings and I were having fun in the dry woods making small fires, not knowing that we could start a forest fire. Well, we put our fires out (at least I thought I had), went home on the very hot day, and to our surprise the fire engines came by our home and stopped down by the woods where we had had our fires. I was so ignorant in making the connection between our fires in the woods and the larger fire that was now burning, (it burned about an acre) that I hustled down to where the action was and while I was standing by a couple of the firemen, I heard one of them wonder outloud as to how the fire started. I do not remember what I thought at that time, but I do remember that at supper time that night as the conversation turned to the events of the day, that my 3 or 4 yr old brother made this statement in front of our entire family of 13. "Orvie didn't put his fire out." From that time on I began to live in fear as my brother who was a volunteer fireman told me that he was going to have to take me to the fire department and to tell them what I did. So for a week or so everytime my brother's pickup would come down the driveway to our home, I would hide inside our huge house underneath one of the beds until such a time that he would leave again or I felt safe to come out.

But one day it all came to a head and it was time to be taken to the firehall.....I remember the panic and fear, but then I heard my dad's voice say: "Leave him alone, that's enough in that matter." I still remember the sound of my father's voice, and how good it felt that all the fear and worry was gone. As I have thought about the Voice of our heavenly Father through my earthly father over the years, and of how dumb it was what I did, of how I deserved to be punished for my acts, I have rejoiced in my heart everytime I relive that moment of mercy that my father extended to me when he spoke grace and release into my heart and soul. It has been a wonderful reminder to me of how Jesus spoke on behalf of His Father and our Father from the cross and said, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." In other words, He was saying, "release them from their debt, for it is a debt that they will never be able to repay. I have payed it in full, Father, so now you are glorified in letting them go free. Father, no greater joy is in your heart than to release sinners from the judgment and power of sin which you did through me.

Dear friend, do you know that kind of love that your heavenly Father has for you? He is the perfect Father, and no one can match up to Him. He loves you so much that He gave His only begotten Son so that through Him you would be saved from perishing, and instead you would receive eternal life with Him in glory forever! I pray that you will believe what He says about you today, that through Christ and His sacrificial offering, that you have been released from the penalty that was due you and in place of that penalty, you have been given His righteousness. Believe that for your souls salvation today, dear friend!

A thankful child of our Father,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala









Posted on 22 Jun 2015 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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