I love the notion of “childlike awe” in the context of “Our Father”…now, I am very much aware that in some families, the father is not the most highly thought of individual.  But, this Father, God, is the one seated in divine authority in heaven and the One whom we should not only trust with our greatest joys and deepest concerns but the One who continually seeks us out in relationship even when we have damaged it.  This reminds me of seeing the “Creation of Adam” in the Sistine Chapel in Rome…God reaching his hand out to Adam…God reaches his hand out to us…  We can place ourselves firmly and securely in “Our Father”.

Q120. Why did Christ command us to call God, “Our Father?”

A.  At the very beginning of our prayer Christ wants to kindle in us what is basic to our prayer— the childlike awe and trust that God through Christ has become our Father. Our fathers do not refuse us the things of this life; God our Father will even less refuse to give us what we ask in faith.1

1 Matt. 7:9-11; Luke 11:11-13.

Q121. Why the words, “Who art in heaven”?

A.  These words teach us not to think of God’s heavenly majesty as something earthly,1 and to expect everything for body and soul from His almighty power.2

1 Jer. 23:23, 24; Acts 17:24, 25.

2 Matt. 6:25-34; Rom. 8:31, 32.