Avinu – Our Father
Avinu. Our Father. That is what Yeshua told us to say when we pray. We are to call out to Avinu. Avinu shows us what kind of relationship we are to have with G-d.
On the one hand, people are intended to be G-d’s bride, as reflected in the giving of the Torah being done in the fashion of a marriage. The Torah is like a ketubah, or marriage covenant, between G-d and His people.
On the other hand, we are to be like children who trust our heavenly Abba/Father. Abba is a very endearing term, similar to daddy or papa in the English. Many times, when in need of comfort, I have pictured myself as a young child sitting on His lap…or even as an adult! His lap is big enough for a person of any size!
For those of us who have had stern, cold or abusive earthly fathers, the idea of G-d as a father can be a bit disconcerting. We need to remember that He is a perfect father. He is perfect love.
Perfect love leads, guides and directs. It restores us when we go astray. It prompts us when we falter. It disciplines us when we go our own way. It wants an intimate, close relationship of the heart.
I encourage you to look at what kind of relationship you have with your Abba. Do you even have a relationship with Him? If not, please attend to that right away! Through Yeshua (Jesus) we can all have a relationship with Abba.
Our willfulness…our sinfulness…our not following in G-d’s ways have caused a breach in our relationship with G-d. The very nature we are born with is one of separation from Him. Yeshua came to bridge that separation. He showed us what it is like to walk in G-d’s ways. He offered Himself on the cross as a sinless man so that we could have a new nature. When we trust Him for our spiritual well-being, when we accept what He has done and commit to walk in His ways, we are given a new nature. We are restored to our Abba relationship with G-d.