Jesus taught his disciples to pray ‘the Lord’s Prayer’ (Matthew 6:9–13). An early church document called The Didache (‘the teaching’) from 90AD suggests praying the Lord’s Prayer was a regular part of the Christian life.
Still today at public church services most people can recite the Lord’s Prayer.
Its familiarity means we need to be careful we don’t take it for granted, or say it without remembering the privilege it is to call God ‘our Father.’
Prayer, and the whole Christian life, is shaped by the intimate relationship we have with God as Father. Our relationship is only through his son Jesus who came to earth as one of us and made it possible for us to be adopted into the family.
Let’s be awestruck, joyful, and thankful that we get to pray to the God of the universe as ‘our Father’!
In Christ, Tory Cayzer.