God created Man in His precise likeness so that He might have fellowship with him, His child. We cannot live without being loved and accepted, and so our spiritual Father yearns to be loved, accepted, yes even cherished by us; He longs for our unconditional free gift of love, as only that can satisfy His Father’s heart. And because love is a gift, God cannot force us to love Him, but pleads with us to seek Him “WITH ALL OUR HEART”. (Dt 4:29, Dt 6:5, Dt 10:12, Dt 11:13, Dt 13:3, Dt 26:16, Dt 30:2, Dt 30:6, Dt 30:10, Jos 22:5, 1Sa 12:20, 1Sa 12:24, Pr 3:5, Jer 29:11-13, Joel 2:12, Zeph 3:14, Mt 22:37, Mk 12:30, Lk 10:27, Acts 8:37)
God’s longing for our love is not much understood anymore today. We have lost the vision of God’s love as an exuberantly giving of all of self, giving up our own desires, and doing anything and everything for the Lover of our soul. We pray but do not grasp: “Your will be done on earth (in me) as it is in heaven”. We have become lovers of self instead of lovers of our God.
Women tend to seek after God when they are in despair, but they cannot change God’s world for the better without a man. Our Creator gave that responsibility with needed mental tools to men, but though God specifically calls them, most men have too much pride and trust in their own perceived abilities to trust Him so that He may work through them. Such independence and pride are best broken through trauma, and that often happens much better in prisons. Prisons are a productive mission field of God to draw men to Himself. Fatherhood Prison Ministries Fellowship helps inmates understand that nothing satisfies the longing of the heart more than intimacy with our loving God and Father. Thus transformed men, when released from prison, are ready for God’s use to change families and nations unto Him and for His glory.
We have received reports from two Prison Commissioners that “the atmosphere in the prisons is totally changing and officers report that they have never had such an easy job managing the prison population”.