Matthew 6:9 “…’Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name” (NAS)

A little boy was ask to pray for his Sunday School class. “Dear Art, thank you for this day, and Art would you bless our parents and our teacher and Art please help us all to listen and be good…” The teacher cut him off, “Who is Art?” The little boy responded “That’s God’s name…you know, Our Father ART in heaven…” Another boy in the class piped up, “No, ‘art’ is an old timey way of sayin ‘are’. If you read the next line you’ll clearly see God’s name is not Art…it’s HOWARD.”

That’s an old church joke but there is a grain of truth to it, and that is the Lord’s prayer tells us who we are to pray to and what we are to call Him.

Over and over when Jesus was talking about God he called Him “Father”. When Jesus prayed He called God “Pat-ayr” Father. Jesus did not pray to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Elijah. Jesus did not pray to angles. Jesus did not pray to His mother. The only person who Jesus ever prayed to was the Father in Heaven.

Today take a minute to pray. When you do address God as “Father”. As you pray think about what it means to have a Father who is always watching over you and who wants to have a relationships with you. Praying today is one way of taking that relationship to the next level.