It is said that how you addresses God is a reflection of your conception of God. Scripture models a number of ways to address God, but Jesus encouraged us to address God as “Our Father in Heaven.” Doing so highlights three things worth remembering when talking to God.
First notice the word “our.” It isn’t “my” or “your.” It is “our” Father in heaven. This should inform how we talk to God about other people. Remembering He is “our” Father should encourage us to lift others up to God in prayer, thank God for them and to be very careful about complaining about them.
Next, notice the word “Father.” God is our Father, and as such He loves to hear our voice. He cares for us and gives us good gifts. This should encourage us to go to Him and trust His love for us.
Finally, notice the phrase “in Heaven.” This is not so much a reminder of God’s location as it is of his power. As our heavenly Father, he is all-powerful (omnipotent) and able to do more than we can ask or imagine.
I’m grateful that God is revealed as “Our Father in Heaven,” and that we can call on Him in this way in prayer.