After Jesus shocked his audience with these examples of what prayer is not, he offered an example of the real thing, packed with the profound theological truth. He starts out, “Our Father in heaven…” Right off the bat, He has answered the question, “Who can pray?”
The Lord’s Prayer is intended for believers; because only through Christ do we become sons and daughters who can legitimately call God, “Father.” This may come as cruel news to baseball and football teams and anyone else who treats the Lord’s Prayer like a good luck charm.
Still, the fact remains that prayer is a part of a familial relationship that exists between God and His children. It is within this context that we call God “Abba father” or “daddy.”
At the same time, we must remember that we serve an awesome, all-powerful heavenly Father, the Creator of the universe. Familiarity must never give…
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