Have you ever given much thought to the first two words of the Lord’s Prayer?
Have they ever struck you as life-altering?
If you’ve grown up in the church like me, you could probably recite this prayer in your sleep. I think I could do it in a coma.
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.”
Matthew 6:9-13 NIV
“Our Father” – stop right there.
In the original language, where is says ‘Father’, Jesus actually used the word for Dad or Daddy.
Not Your Majesty. Not Your Honour. Not even Sir.
Wow. Can we even comprehend the enormity of that? Try for a moment.
The God who made more galaxies than there are people, wants us to call Him Dad. The God who made Everest and the Grand Canyon like He was playing in a sandpit, wants us to call Him Dad. The God who could wipe out the universe or create a new one in a split second, wants us to call Him Dad.
Sounds like a pretty personal relationship to me.
And how about the rest of the prayer? Jesus instructs us to pray for our needs, for help in temptation and for forgiveness. All remarkable.
Does the President want to hear about how your day went? Will a judge care enough to ensure you have a way out of every tempting situation? Is your employer in a position to forgive you for everything you’ve done wrong?
Nope, nope, and nope.
Yet often we think of God as little more than a ruler, a judge, or a boss.
God is obviously much, much more than any of those boxes we’ve put Him in.