What would you call a member of the royal family if they walked right up to you or you were brought right into their presence? What if it was Queen Elizabeth? How would you address her? How should you address her?
Would you call her Queen? Would you call her your highness or your majesty? Would you just say “hey babe, what’s happening?” How would you address somebody of that stature?
Now in even a more profound way, and a more meaningful way really for Christians, how are we left to address the Holy God of heaven and earth? The Almighty God? What are we given to call him? Should we call him anything?
The Lord has given us gracious provision, in fact, an instruction to call on him. He has given us a very very gracious name by which to call him as well. St. Paul speaks to this in Romans chapter 8:
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)
Jesus teaches the family of God to pray he invites us to call upon his Father in his shoes. As sons and daughters of that Father by adoption through Christ and his living and dying in our place. The sins that would otherwise terrify us about speaking to his Father, the Almighty God of heaven and earth, instead is a gracious avenue, a wide-open road to address him as though he is our dear father and we are his true children.
For in Christ Jesus that is what we are, oh what manner of love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called sons and daughters. Amen.