Chatroom – Our Perfect Father

This week, we switched from learning about God as our Creator, to learning about God as our Father. Isn’t it amazing that the Creator of the universe wants to be our Father?

God as our Father emphasizes His desire for relationship. This relationship, however, revolves around our willingness to be in a relationship–God will does not force us into this. Tonight, let us consider point number 2 under “React.” Select one or two of these facts that stood out to you, and tell us what you have learned about each point you choose. Provide scripture with your answers.

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    1. Isn’t it wonderful that God provides us with friendship at all times? It is impossible for a human to consistently be there for us, but God is not limited by anything. Can you think of a verse that discusses God’s lack of limitations?

        1. Wonderful verse! Look also at Acts 17:25…does God need anything? We are limited largely because of our needs…but God does not need anything at all.

  1. Highlandville girls were impressed with the reminder of the need to be consistent in our prayers and how that will help us in dealing with temptations in our lives. Matthew 26:41

    1. Very good point…we have to pray consistently to be able to resist temptation. Prayer should never be our panic button. If we are not consistent in prayer, why do we think that God will answer our prayers when we are in trouble? Can you think of a verse that suggests that God only listens to the prayers of the righteous?

      1. Prayers of a righteous man availeth much – James 5:16
        1 Jn. 5:14 – Ask anything according to His will He hears us
        Prov. 15:29 – He hears the prayers of the righteous

        1. Also,
          “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.””
          ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭3:12‬ ‭

          1. These are all great. Even more explicitly, look at John 9:31 – “We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him.”

      2. 1 Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

  2. Drawing near to Him stood out to me. When we’re hungry we immediately are thinking of food. How soon we can get it and how much of it we can get. We certainly hunger for God. If we avoid it we will stare spiritually. We must draw close to Him to fulfill our hunger and quench our thirst for His love.
    James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

    1. Excellent analogy! Often, we try to fill ourselves with “unhealthy” food. We try to satisfy ourselves instead of letting God satisfy us. How can we eat the “bread of life”…or in other words…how can we fill ourself with God?

      1. “”Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
        ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:6‬ ‭
        “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

        I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.””
        ‭‭John‬ ‭6:35, 51‬ ‭

  3. We get such relief from knowing that God takes care of our burdens! According to Phil 4:6-7 we have a peace that goes beyond our understanding. What comfort does God offer us according to Romans 2:28?

        1. If we love God and are serving Him all things will work together for our good. My mom says this doesn’t mean everything will go just like we want it to here on earth, but that it will work to our eternal good that we will get to be with Him in heaven.

          1. That is so true. The earth is just a temporary place for us…and God uses the events here on earth to make us more fit for eternity with Him. We must always keep in mind the eternal good!

  4. For “believing that he wants to bless us” consider Hebrews 11:6, and for “we must be consistent” look at 1 Thessalonians 5:17. How do those verses fit?

      1. Yes! True faith is not only believing that God is, but also believing that He rewards those who seek Him. We cannot be pleasing to Him unless we believe that He will reward/bless us. We often focus on the first part and forget the latter!

  5. I liked the reminder to pray in faith. sometimes it’s easy to pray but not totally believe that God will help you through things. Matt. 21:22

    1. Good point. I think many times we don’t believe that God will help us, because we don’t get the answer that WE think is best. How can we overcome this? What must we understand about God’s answers to our prayer?

      1. We must understand that even if the answers that God gives us don’t seem like the best answer at the time ( or maybe even ever) they are what’s best.
        Romans 8:28

        1. Good! We are going to get to this idea more when we discuss God as our “knower.” Because God can see the big picture, He truly knows what’s best for us. When a child is about to run out into the street, it cannot see the big picture…however, the parent who keeps Him from running out in the street does. God knows all things, and so He is the one who knows what is the best answer <3

      2. “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”
        ‭‭1 John‬ ‭5:14-15‬ ‭

        1. Yes! He hears EVERYTHING we ask of Him…and we know that as our perfect Father, He WANTS to give us the very best thing. We will touch on this more either this coming week of the next.

          1. It’s so strong, isn’t it? We fall into this way of thinking sometimes though…

            “And this is what we think maybe toward him, that if we ask sometimes, something according to his will he may hear us. And we think that he hears us in some of what we ask, we think that we may end up with the requests that we have asked of him…”

          2. When you read that verse in the way you wrote it…it truly doesn’t sound like the way our Father would be. Does it? Yet, we DO think that way at times! Satan always wants to make us doubt.

  6. For believing He wants to bless us we have – Phil. 4:19 – “My God will supply every need of yours” and Matthew 6:33 – “Seek ye first… and all these things shall be added unto you.”

  7. For consistent in prayer life, we had Rom. 12:12 – “be constant in prayer”
    Eph. 6:18 – “Praying at all times in the spirit…”

  8. for believing He wants to bless us, I had Matthew 7:11 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”

  9. Feel free to keep up the rest of the discussion, but let us also discuss some practical ways in which we can implement prayer into our lives. Sometimes we are TOO habitual about prayer–but sometimes we go too far in the other direction and we don’t pray consistently. How can we focus on praying consistently to God–personally–as we would talk to a loving father?

    1. pray when you are having a hard or good time. When you are lonely or whan you have friends by your side. When youneed to ask Him for something or when you want to thank Him of something .

      I know those are obvious but sometimes we only pray once a day and at meals or at meals and when we’re having a bad day. Or you could say ‘ okay I just talked to my earthly father now I need to talk to my Heavenly father.” “I must be about my Father’s buisness.”

      1. Very very good. I think what you just keyed in on is realizing that we need God at ALL times. This takes humility. Can you think of any verses that connect humility to prayer?

          1. These verses may be talking about two different ways of raising, or lifting up…but you’re on the right track! Look at this passage in James 4

            “6 But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” 7 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.”

            As we receive grace, submit to God, and draw near to God, we are humbling ourselves. When we humble ourselves, God then lifts us up!

        1. Although this is an Old Testament promise, 2 Chronicles 7:14 tells us that God will hear us when we humble ourselves when we pray to Him.

    2. By habitual do you mean like at meals, services, going to bed?
      My mom and I discussed “triggers” that can remind us to stop and talk to Him all day. She does this when she switches out the laundry. I thought about when I make my bed, brush my teeth, or walk my dog. These are moments when I can find small amounts of time during the day to stop and say hi to my Father, talk to Him, or think on Him. Does that make sense? I’m not sure if that is what you were looking for.

      1. Yes ma’am! We should pray at all of those times, but I think we sink into habit and forget that we need to be praying from the heart.

        That is perfect, I really like that idea! Coming up with triggers will help us pray throughout the day. Just like we may text our dad when we think of something we need to tell him or ask him, that will help us talk with God in the same way. Thank you!

    3. I think I struggle with going too far in the opposite direction. Praying only when I need help. so, I think it helps to have a prayer app, (Echo) or a prayer journal. and to make a habit of doing it when you wake up in the mornings, or before be (or both)
      I don’t do “real” prayer journaling. I just write my prayers down and read them. it helps you concentrate and it’s really neat to be able to look back and see what God has answered.

      1. That sounds like a real prayer journal to me! 🙂 I’m glad you’re in that habit. I realize that journaling isn’t for everyone, but it helps you concentrate (if you struggle with that), and it definitely helps you see the answers to your prayers!

        Look at Daniel 6–how did Daniel pray? Did he have prayer habits?

          1. I think this shows that we can pray from the heart, and out of habit, at the same time! Think of it as a meeting with your best friend. You have to arrange a set time for it, but that doesn’t make it a ritual, or drudgery.

        1. lol I don’t use it for like everyday prayer, but for specific prayers… I don’t concentrate very well, so I actually pray in sign language sometimes because I concentrate better than English. So, a lot of it is personal:)
          Daniel 6:10 three times a day kneeled towards Jerusalem

        1. Daniel prayed a minimum of 3 times a day and we know that God heard his prayers so he must have been praying acceptably which includes praying from the heart.

    4. Building your relationship with God so that you remember He is your personal Father.
      Anna remembers Shirley teaching her in class and telling her that would you go three days without talking to your dad? Why would you go three days without talking to God?

      1. That is such a great point. God wants us to treasure our time with Him, and to run to Him frequently and effortlessly–just as you do with your loving earthly father. Can you think of a verse that points to this?

    5. One verse that stands out to me about praying too habitidly ( that did not used to be a word but it is now I just made it up) is Matthew 5:7

      1. Yes, perfect. Matthew 6:7–meaningless repetitions. It’s so easy for me to do this at meals, for some reason! I think it’s good to focus on ALWAYS saying something new…even when it’s at a meal. Thanking God for something new, or telling Him something that has happened to you. That helps to break me out of “vain repetition.” Thanks for bringing that up. What ideas do you have to keep us from being to habitual?

        1. to constantly be thinking about what you’ve heard about recently and praying about that I tend to always say Our father in heaven thank you for this day and thank you for this food that we’re about to eat and please be with all those sick and hurt and traveling and please forgive me for my sins and it’s in jesus’ name I pray amen and add in other things as I feel like it I could do a better job on that

  10. As always, you ladies have blown me away with your wisdom and hard work! Thank you for being such wonderful and deep Bible students, and for encouraging me tonight to be more faithful in prayer. Let us all resolve to pray both habitually and from the heart…and to treat God like the perfect Father that He is. God loves you more than anyone on earth can, don’t ever forget that!

    I will announce the winners of the photo contest on the chatroom next week! You still have a few hours to submit them.

    Love you girls! Keep up the comments and I will get to them as the week goes <3

    1. Love you and thank you Rebekah!
      I will be praying for you girls tonight and I hope that your relationship with the father grows stronger.

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