With these words God tenderly invites us to believe that He is our true Father and that we are His true children, so that with all boldness and confidence we may ask Him as dear children ask their dear father (Small Catechism: Lord's Prayer, Introduction).
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The First Commandment requires us to have no other gods. That means to fear, love, and trust in God above all things. But which god is God? One of the God problems is that He's God and we're not. He is inaccessible, ineffable, transcendent. Everything we are not, He is. And more. How can the finite approach the infinite?
Any attempts to grab hold of God by our own reason, our own language, our own preparations will ultimately spiral out of control into a big, fat question mark. Who is God? In order to know which God not to have any other gods before, we need God to come to us, to stoop down among us, to reveal Himself to us. The initiative is His. Any god that we try to approach will end up a false god. The only true God is the One who comes to us.
But a funny thing happens when God comes to us. He comes as a Son--the firstborn Son of Mary, and the only-begotten Son of God. God reveals Himself in His Son. But to be a Son implies there is a Father. It's interesting that in the Old Testament, God is rarely called "Father." But in the New Testament, it's all over the place.
The Son of God makes God known as a Father. He gives us access to the inaccessible, He names the ineffable, He domesticates the transcendent, all with one word: Father.
But it's not just His Father. His own prayer begins "Our Father" (Matthew 6:9). His Father, your Father, my Father. These words are a tender invitation not only to see God as our Father, but to see ourselves as His true children--and Christ as our true Brother. And in this way, He invites us to pester Him like a kid. So pray with boldness and confidence! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Our Father, who from heav'n above Bids all of us to live in love As members of one family And pray to You in unity, Teach us no thoughtless words to say But from our inmost hearts to pray. (Our Father, Who from Heaven Above, LSB 766:1)