Mark 14:36 And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. (NKJ)

There is an old saying in parenting. Any boy can be a “father” but it takes a real man to be a “Dad”.

The Lord’s Prayer tells us we are to address God as “Father”, Matthew 6:9 “…’Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name” (NAS) Some people have an issue with God, not because of anything in particular He has or has not done, but because of the term “Father”. They grew up with abusive fathers, absent fathers, disconnected fathers, or never knew who their father was, and they project that image onto God. Makes since, why would anyone want to follow a God who did those things as well.

Jesus gives some insight to the type of Father God is in Mark 14:36 when he calls God “Abba”, in essence the Greek word for “dad”. If you grew up in a great home with a father who was there for you, spent time with you, sacrificed his wants for your needs, made you a priority, then you probably don’t have a difficult time relating to God, but that’s because you did not have just a father, you had a “dad”.

That is what God wants to be for us, not just a Father, but a “dad”, if you will let Him.

Today pray to your “Abba”, your Heavenly Father. Talk to Him about what is going on in your life. Share your hopes, your dreams, your desires with Him. Look back and thank Him for the ways He has taken care of you, and for the lessons He has taught you along the way.