When we pray, is it wrong to pray, "Abba Father?"
Let's examine the Word of God because the Lord calls us to study it and be ready to give a reason for what we believe. 2 Timothy 2:15 is clear, "S
tudy to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
Keep this Scripture in mind as you read on.
While there are many examples of Christ addressing God as "Father" and never any other names, Christ only taught on addressing God and how we should speak to Him once. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray using the "Lord's Prayer," this was that one time.
If it was important to address God by a particularly personal name, this is where He would have done that teaching. We can clearly see from the Gospels that Christ only taught them and us to say "Father" and went on to say that His name is to be honored. What name? He only taught them to use "Father" so this must be the name Christ was referring to.
Later Paul taught how we, as adopted children of God, could address Him in the same way but more personally. Paul suggested that we could now use a name a child would use to address their father - "Abba," which means Daddy. Since we are born again Christians, using this name would be appropriate for us. Here we find the writer of most of the New Testament books telling us to address God in a very personal way, just "Daddy" or "Dad" as we would address our earthly fathers.
The Old Testament is full of different descriptions for God but because they did not have Christ walking the Earth physically, to pave the way to God, while we can now enter His throne-room with boldness, they were never told to address God as "Daddy" as God was only accessible through the high priest. How blessed we are!
Romans 8:15 states: "The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to SONSHIP. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."
Galatians 4:6 states: "Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father."
I want you to remember that
God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are not distant deities that are hard to reach or connect with; they're not out of touch, far away from us or impersonal beings. They are close and personal -- in fact, for those of us who are believers, the Holy Spirit lives right within us, praise God!
Jesus actively seeks a relationship with all of His children...He's not a dead beat dad or absentee father. You are not to feel like an ugly duckling or Cinderella stepchild. You are important, you are special, and of such great value and worth to the Most High God. Abba, our FATHER, wants to engage you in a close knitted relationship. Enjoy His embrace by fellowshipping with Him every moment of every day.
Next time you pray cry out to God using the phrase, "Abba, Father," and see what a difference it makes.
Peace and Blessings,
Dr. Rev. Larry Green, Sr.