A number of years ago during my prayer time God spoke to my heart. This is what he said “you can call me Daddy” and he just left it at that. I didn’t know what it meant for quite some time. I felt so happy, honored and humbled all at the same time. I never even called my own father what I considered such an endearing term. How could I call the God of the universe, who created the heavens and the Earth. God who created man. The God that is so awesome, so powerful, and that I felt so unworthy to even be near him would allow me to call him Daddy.
It wasn’t until some time later that I found out the meaning behind this. It seems “abba” in English, since there are no other more endearing terms, is translated as Daddy. Three places in the bible “Abba” is mentioned. Paul mentions it twice once in Romans 8:14-17 then again in Galations 4:6-7 first Romans 14For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15For 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!” 16The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
In Galatians it says 6Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.
The third place is in Mark 36And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.”
The very same word Jesus used to pray to his father in heaven. When we except the Holy Spirit and Jesus into our hearts we not only have a new life and a new relationship to God we also become heirs with Christ to God whose sufferings and glory they share. How powerful is that? The other great thing about this is all my children call me Daddy. So every time they say Daddy it is a reminder that God is near and wants to share in every joy, struggle and sorrow. That I need to get as close to him as possible to better reflect Jesus to others, and to be submissive to his will not my own.