Discovering God Together on the South Shore of Nova Scotia

Our Father in Heaven

Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” (Galatians 4:6)

In the Lord’s prayer (Matthew 6:9-13), Jesus begins by revealing the nature of the person to whom they address their prayers.


It is interesting in the Lord’s Prayer that the words “I” or “Me” are never found. The word “Our” is the word for community. We are not alone when we pray. Our problems are not the only problems in the world. God knows how the answer to our prayer will impact others. This little word gives a bigness to our prayers. We pray for others.


We address our “Father” when we pray. This the word for family. We pray to the one who cares for us. The word Jesus used is Abba, the word a child would use for his or her father. It contains the idea of dearest father.

In Heaven

We pray to the one who is in heaven. This is the word for authority. We pray to the one who has the power to help us. Heaven refers to the seat of authority, power, dominion, and greatness. We are on earth – a position of weakness. God is the one is a position of sovereign power.

We are not orphans in the universe

The Lord’s Prayer answers the greatest questions of all. Is there anybody up there who cares for me? We learn that there is a God in heaven who is called Father. This Father sent his Son so that we could become children of God.


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