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"...for us to go to our heavenly Daddy" is found on your Prayer Request page. I feel that the familiar use of "Daddy" to refer to our heavenly Father is at best disrespectful and perhaps sinful. We are told in God's word how to approach our Father in heaven: "O Father, Lord of heaven and earth" (Luke 10:21), also "Our Father which art in heaven; Hallowed be thy name" (Matthew 6:9). If Jesus called God the Father by that term, how much more should we show Him that same respect!"

I understand exactly where you're coming from, and I appreciate your desire to be respectful to our Creator. However, I disagree that I am being disrespectful. I love, revere, respect, worship, and pay homage to Father God and Lord Jesus much more than I did during all my years of legalism and external religion.

Does a child show disrespect by calling his or her father "daddy"? Of course not. It is a term of endearment. The Lord has made it clear to me that He wants intimacy with each of us. A personal relationship. Intimacy!

Perhaps you are not aware that Jesus called His Father "Daddy" ("Abba" in Mark 14:36) and that Paul said we have that right as well. Take a look at Romans 8:15: "For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, 'Abba! Father!'" (Also see Galatians 4:6-7.)

"'Abba' is the word framed by the lips of infants, and betokens unreasoning trust. 'Father' expresses an intelligent apprehension of the relationship" (W.E. Vine, An Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words).

As I understand it, "Daddy" is our equivalent to their "Abba." It is a term used by a small child who trusts his father (even while there is so much yet to learn). I am no longer a slave (in bondage to Satan and the kingdom of darkness); I am one of God's little children. I don't have all the answers, but I trust God enough to call Him Daddy and I understand our relationship enough to call Him Father. I love Him with all my heart. And I know that He loves me and that He is pleased with me.

God wants the same kind of relationship with you.




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