I’m not sure we can ever overestimate the significance of that first line of the Lord’s prayer. Jesus teaches us to pray “our father.” That is we are invited to call the creator of the universe—Dad. And in Romans 8, Paul says that we get to go even further and call God ‘Abba.’ That is a term of endearment for a Dad, like papa or daddy. It’s a term of closeness and intimacy and trust. That’s the kind of relationship Jesus has shared with us. I guess the question for us is what needs to change within us that we would begin to speak with God as our papa, our dad?
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