“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name” (Matthew 6:9).
Do you really value the privilege – the right – of praying to God as your Father?
It can seem like an address of habit, a type of spiritual rote.
Jesus refers to God as Father in every one of His recorded prayers, except one.
And every time we pray to our Heavenly Father, we should remind ourselves what a significant privilege we possess in conversing as His greatly loved child.
Joachim Jeremias (German theologian, died in 1979) researched how rare it was for a Hebrew to refer to God as Father – they would simply not address God that way. It would be considered overly-familiar, even rude.
For example, in the whole Old Testament, Jeremias found only 14 references to God as Father; rather than being an address of intimacy, they are simply general analogies to God as the Father of the nation of Israel.
In fact, in all of Hebrew literature, Jeremias could not find a single example of a Jewish writer/author referring to God as “Father” in a personal, individual, relational manner until almost 1000 years after Christ.
The only exceptions were from Jewish Christians.
Christ-followers have that benefit because of our relationship with the Father through the Son. That’s part of the significance of praying in Jesus’ Name.
If you are in Christ, Jesus invites you to address His Father as your Father. You have an unparalleled privilege!
Takeaway: In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete (John 16:23,24).