While this first line of the “Our Father” can state the obvious—where else would our heavenly father be?—let’s look at it a bit more closely.
Jesus was a Jewish boy, and so it was natural for Him to call His father Abba. I am told this word would be translated as Daddy. That’s a pretty intimate word. You may have seen or heard the statement “Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be my daddy.” I daresay this sentence casts a different light on the words we use. Whether you have a close relationship to your biological father or not, know that your heavenly father wants a closer relationship with you. He wants you to think of Him as Daddy. If that’s a challenge for you, know that you are not alone; you have lots of company! Ask your heavenly father to heal you of any woundedness you feel, any resentment, any hurt you feel towards your earthly father. God wants to take you onto His lap, love you, and make things better. If you already have a good relationship with your heavenly father, thank Him for that gift.
Copyright © 2015 by Theresa M. Williams