God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness” (Genesis 1:26).
What does this statement reveal about His purposes for humanity and for prayer? First, God created humanity to reflect His character and personality. We were created to be like Him, having His “image” and “likeness.”
This means we were created to have His nature and moral character. God created mankind to establish a relationship of mutual love with humanity. He made mankind in His own image so love could be freely given and received between Creator and created. Man can have fellowship with God because God made man out of His own essence. He made man to be spirit, just as He is Spirit. “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).
Although God is the Creator, He has always emphasized that He is man’s Father. It wasn’t His desire to be primarily thought of as an awesome God or a “consuming fire” (Deuteronomy 4:24). God wants us to approach Him as a child would a loving father: “Is he not your Father, your Creator, who made you and formed you?” (Deuteronomy 32:6).
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him” (Psalm 103:13). Man was created out of God’s essence, and he depends on God as his Source. As human beings, we are not self-sufficient, even though we would like to think we are. We cannot reveal God’s image and likeness apart from a relationship with Him. No one will be truly satisfied until he or she loves God. God must be first in our lives because we were designed to find fulfillment and ultimate meaning in Him.
Father, my ultimate fulfillment comes from You. You are my all in all. Show me my dependence on You daily. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: We cannot reflect God’s nature apart from Him.
Reading: Genesis 13–15; Matthew 5:1–26