Receiving Fathers is a deep hearts need we all have.
A Longing to be Fathered
In the opening scene of the movie August Rush, two boys about nine years old stare out the window of their orphanage longing for a family. Can you imagine their dreams? A dad to toss the ball with them and tuck them in at night. A mom who has warm cookies and milk waiting as they arrive home from school. God has put into all of us a longing to be fathered.
Heart Attitude and A Skill
We can look at this longing in two ways: as a heart attitude and as a skill. Are you learning to seek out spiritual fathers and mentors or do you battle a stronghold of independence? Do you relate to them properly or place unreasonable demands and expectations on them? If you struggle with these things, the first thing to check is your heart. Is your attitude good? The next thing to consider is the skill of taking action to find fathers and relate rightly to them.
Where do you need growth? Do you need help in parenting skills or marriage skills? Do you need better focus in your career to really be the marketplace minister God has called you to be? Are you struggling to know God as your heart really longs to?
In a nutshell, looking to a mentor or spiritual father has to do with having a more experienced person speaking into your life. God did not make us to live alone – in independence. He designed us to operate in a “family” system. Working out problems by ourselves or even seeking new learning without help can become frustrating and usually breaks down somewhere in the process.
Only a father can pass on an inheritance. 1 John 4:20 reveals a powerful principle: first the natural, then the spiritual. We cannot say we walk in sonship with God if we don’t express it toward man. We either struggle with independence or we don’t.
God has an inheritance for all His children. He doesn’t want us to be spiritual orphans, longing for a father. It is so worth it to work through your independence issues as well as find a spiritual father who can help you come into your destiny.
If you struggle with any fathering issues, our CD series Discovery Prayer Ministry can be a valuable tool in this process. Contact us today if you need any help.