The Father’s Heart

In The Sacred Romance, John Eldredge refers to God as our “wild lover.” Henri Nouwen says we are the Lord’s “beloved.”  Dallas Willard emphasizes, in The Divine Conspiracy, that Jesus is with us, our brother. Baxter Kruger describes the love of the Father as so remarkable that it is “unutterable.”

Why do we find these truths so difficult to believe? Our heads may recognize the truths of scripture, yet our hearts quake with fear—What if it is true? What if it is not? It all comes down to who we will choose to trust, God or Satan. Matthew 6:22 reads, “If the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness.”

Jesus broke the spell of the darkness within us—the twisted darkness we inherited from Adam and Eve. Satan has no power over us except to deceive us, once again. It is up to us to embrace God’s truth.

I do not typically seek out “boxed” prayers, but I keep this one handy in my journal.

Lord Jesus Christ, beloved, eternal and faithful Son of the Father incarnate, thank you for sharing your knowledge of the Father’s heart with me. Come into my darkness with your light. Search out my blindness and share your unearthly assurance with me in the place of my deepest fears. Find all my broken parts and bathe them with your Father’s love. Send your Spirit to baptize my soul with your peace. (Baxter Kruger, Across All Worlds)

May the Lord’s peace be yours today.


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