For those with children, especially thinking of fathers, there is nothing sweeter to the ear than to hear your young child call to you, "Daddy!" We remember the days when, after a long day of work, we walk into the door to excited exclamations, "Daddy's home!!" and often to the relief of a weary mother. An ideal picture for us might be sitting at the breakfast table, coffee in hand, and have your child come in and say, "Good morning, Daddy!"
But as we get older, most of us stop calling our father, daddy; opting instead for the simple Dad, or Father. Why is that? And why do we not approach our heavenly Father in the same way, opening our prayers with, "Good morning, Daddy." Many of us cannot imagine this, as it sounds too irreverent. And certainly, we must approach the Lord with awe and reverence, recognizing His holiness and power. But is there a place for this kind of intimate language, approaching our Heavenly Father as Daddy.
In the New Testament, various passages, for example, Romans 8:15, point to the fact that we have "received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, 'Abba! Father'". Most of us recognize, "Abba" as being the Aramaic equivalent of "Daddy". And what we find, in a survey of just a few New Testament passages, is that approaching God as Daddy:
Reminds us of how we can relate to God the Father
How God the Father relates to His Children
The position we have as His Children through Christ
Jesus' own position before His Father
Thank you for listening to today's lesson. May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Holy Word.