1. “Father, you are father of us all, and above us all.”
* We address God as our father (or elsewhere even “daddy”), because he has chosen to have an intimate, familial relationship with us.
* He is not just my father, but our father. Throughout the entire Lord’s prayer, the singular pronouns “I, me, my, mine”, etc., are never used. Rather, it is always the plural “our, us, we”, etc. which is used. This teaches us that the world is designed as a community, not just as billions of individuals.
* Our father is “heavenly”, not mortal. He is supernatural, not created, not flawed, but perfectly and wholly good.