Names of God: Father


Ab (Hebrew), Pater (Greek) 

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 32:1-6Psalm 68:4-6Jeremiah 3:19–22Mark 14:35-36Romans 8:14-17Galatians 4:1-7


When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He told them to address God as “our Father” (Mt 6:9). When He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane before His arrest, trial, and crucifixion, Jesus cried out, “Abba, Father,” using personal and relational names for God (Mk 14:36). Abba is an Aramaic word, from the Hebrew Ab, for “father.” Pater is the Greek word used for “father.” 

These are deeply familial names when used to address God. Belief brings us into a close yet respectful relationship with God, the holy Creator of all things. Father is a reverential yet personal name for God. 


The personal, familial, and intimate name for God


What does this name teach me about God?


*This devotional was taken from the He Reads Truth website