“Our Father”

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“Some people are offended that we are taught to address God as Father. The greater offense may be the little word Our.
In this prayer we are taught to pray, not as individuals, but as the
church. When we say ‘Our,’ we are not being possessive. Many a person
has come to grief attempting to domesticate God as a cheerleader for
the American way or as a cosmic Federal Express. We say ‘Our’ because
of the astounding recognition that this God, the one who created the
universe and flung the planets into their courses, the great God of
heaven and earth, has willed to become our God. Before we reach out to
God, God reached out to us and claimed us, promised to be our God,
promised to make us God’s people. Thus, not because of who we are or
what we have done, but rather because of what God in Jesus Christ has
done, we are privileged to say, ‘Our Father.’”

William Willimon and Stanley Hauerwas, Lord Teach Us: The Lord’s Prayer and the Christian Life (Nashville: Abingdon, 1996), 25.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. Great points. It is amazing to be able to speak to a listening God at all — so much more incredible that He wants us to call Him Father. Those words “Our Father” define a relationship and what flows from it — His love, protection, and spiritual DNA. We are his children and heirs of his promises. “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” Gal 3:26.
    How can you beat that deal? This is good news… thank you Father!