January 2 Long-Distance Father

1 Peter 3:12

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers.

When you became a son—when you were adopted into His family as a son or daughter of God—He opened up for you, through Christ’s death on the cross, a way of fellowship and relationship that makes it possible for you to go right into His presence.

Do you relate to God like that? Are you in fellowship with Him? The way God “fathers” us will change the way we father our own children. Now that my children are grown and out of the house, I’ve had to apply God’s principles of being available in new ways: I’m learning to be a “long-distance” father. I have entered into a deeper “relationship” with my long-distance telephone carrier so as to fulfill my fathering responsibilities. Fathering from a distance has added some new expenses, but it is what I need to do to remain a father to my children.

Now, if I am like that as an earthly father with limi-ted resources, how available do you think your spiritual Father is in heaven? You don’t need a long-distance calling card or an 800 number. He is waiting for you to come into His presence in prayer at any time.[1]


[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 3). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

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