“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10)
Jesus invites us as his disciples into the same close relationship with the Father as he has. In doing so he is seeking to remove the ideas that God is distant or remote, or some volatile and cranky power who needs to be placated constantly, or approached only when absolutely necessary. This portrait is not new to the Scriptures. Similar images can be found in Isaiah, witnessed in Jeremiah, and celebrated in the Psalms. Why then has the image of God as harsh judge become the one so often associated with God by so many?