“For this reason [ seeing the greatness of this plan by which you are built together in Christ], I bow my knees before the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named [that Father from Whom all fatherhood takes its title and derives it’s name]” (Eph. 3:14-15) AMP.
The term “Father” is the summary of everything that God was, is and will ever be. Hence, we don’t call Him all sorts i.e. Jehovah this or Jehovah that! Just call Him Father. God the Father is not like an earthly king who likes to be hailed with euphoric names neither is He a motor park gang leader whose overblown ego is fed regularly with outlandish descriptive praise singing words. Today in some Christian gatherings, we hear about certain services tagged “African praise” “Old school lapel worship” At the rate things are going, if caution is not heeded, very soon we will hear about “Sango worship style” or “Okija shrine praise pattern”. Christian worship must be devoid of ethnic cultures or human traditions. If there is any culture at all, it is a culture of giving thanks in the spirit with hands lifted up!(1 Cor. 14:15-17; 1Tim. 2:8; Phil. 3:3; Heb. 13:15). No razzmatazz or funfair!
Our thanksgiving is to the Father, it is done in the spirit with an understanding of what Christ has done for us. “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” (Col. 1:12-14). “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 5:18-20).
Whenever we say or sing praises to Him, we must endeavour to call Him what the Son called Him. “…Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name…for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory for ever. Amen” (Matt. 6:9, 13). When He (Jesus) gave thanks, He said “..I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth…” (Lk. 10:21). “…Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me” (Jn. 11:41). The New Covenant has plainly spelt out what we should simply call Him! Our Father…the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. We’ve seen this fact in both Jesus’ words and the writers of the epistles. Jesus also taught us to pray to the Father. He demonstrated this when He prayed for His disciples in John chapter 17. Vs 1. “Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee” vs 5. “…O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was” vs 11. “…Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are” vs 21. “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” vs 24. “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am” vs 25. “O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me” Did you see how He addressed God in prayer? Later, He taught them to pray to the Father in His name. “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (Jn. 16:23-24). He wasn’t talking about “a day” as in sunrise to sunset. He was referring to a period, a dispensation which we now are! It’s a period that was enacted consequent to His death, burial, resurrection and ascension! It is a dispensation of redemption! We don’t pray to Jesus. He said not to ask Him for anything but we should rather ask the Father in His Name (in His authority: name implies authority), and the Father shall give it to us.
Do you have any need in your life today? It’s time to ask the Father in Jesus’ Name. Ask, make your request and you shall receive from the Father that your joy might be full.