2 Corinthians 1:3-7, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.”
Not everyone who claims to pray, truly do! Many are able to talk to God in impersonal, transactional ways. Yet, here we see that Paul talked to God, and he talked to God as Father. This is a personal, intimate knowledge of who God is. Paul didn’t simply address God as the heavenly Father. Paul addressed God as ‘his’ heavenly Father. Paul knew that, through the death and resurrection of his Savior, God is his Father.
Practically, when we share this understanding, our prayers would be clear and comforting. However, if not we approach God as an unknown Higher Power, and therefore our prayers will often be as vague as our understanding of God. In addition, if we approach God as an all-powerful Supreme Being, our prayers will often be transactional as we ask this powerful Being to do what we want Him to do. And when we approach God as an exalted Judge, our prayers will often be cautious and timid as we worry about all the ways we have broken God’s law.
However, when we approach God as Father, our prayers will often sound more and more like Paul’s prayers. And as our Father, God is an authority. He is not our equal. As our Father, God cares for us. He is not distant or detached.
He is our Father.