How do you address God when you pray and what does it say about the quality of your relationship ?
I have heard any number of names and phrases to address God through the years. Here are just a few of them.
Dear God. Father God. Heavenly Father. Lord of the universe. Abba Father. The Man Upstairs. Hey, You, if you’re listening.
What do these names say about their respective relationship with God?
We’re these terms close and intimate or formal and distant?
What kind of father is God and can our view of our earthly father affect how we view God?
If we had no Dad then God will be a father to the fatherless. He’s perfect. Anything is better than nothing.
If our earthly dad was abusive and mean it’s harder to have a clear view of God as a merciful father.
If our dad had a temper, was impatient, judgmental and demanded sinless perfection our view if God is severely danaged.
I realized that my view of God was deeply influenced by the relationship I had with my earthly father.
My dad fell in love with Jesus when I was fifteen years old. He became a wonderful father. But by then my view of God was already impacted by my view of my dad.
For years I assumed that God was angry at me and that I had disappointed him. It is only through the lens of the Bible that I have come to understand how God really views me. I am his child. He loves me even when I don’t love him in return.
This renewed view of him has led me to change how I pray.
I’ve started saying Dad instead of Father God in my prayers. It was an intentional act on my part. It just feels right.