January 27, 2021
Alms, Prayer, & Fasting 6:1-18
Our Father in Heaven v.9
Right off the top the pronoun puts things in perspective. There is no “I, me, or mine” . Rather it’s “we, us, and ours”. God is the Father of all, not a household deity.
“Our” reminds us that we have no inside track to God peculiar to us but our access is shared by every man and woman of faith throughout history. Ours is a family faith. And, as his children’s we have the right to address our Heavenly Father as “Abba” (Hebrew). This is the equivalent of “Daddy” in English. To this day, my three children, even though adults, call me “Abba”. Growing up in Jerusalem, attending Israeli schools, they naturally referred to me that way. It’s an endearing term. I like it.