Our Heavenly Father

Donna Westrate

READ : John 14:1-14

As children, when some of us visualized our parents, we saw them through rose-colored glasses: perfectly loving, giving, wise, etc. As we mature and realize that our parents are actually human with many imperfections, we feel “let down.” Sometimes we can carry that disappointment to such an extreme that it affects our sense of self- esteem. How sad that can be. However, there is a wonderful remedy offered to us through Christ. When we allow ourselves to realize that we have a heavenly Father who is perfect and who cares for us so much that He allowed His Son to die for us, it’s impossible for us not to love ourselves and desire to do all to please Him.

Jesus says, “Suffer the little children to come to me for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” How often when praying we forget that we are coming to our Father as children. When our requests don’t seem to be answered, we wonder why. Maybe the timing is off.

Consider a five-year-old child asking his father for a car. The father might have every intention of giving him one, but only when he knows his son is able to handle the responsibility that goes with the ownership. Our heavenly Father often perceives our prayers in that fashion. He may long to answer our requests, but only when we are ready for what we’ve asked.


Father, thank You for never failing us and for Your awesome love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.