This first time in the Scriptures that a Jewish person cried out to God as a father in prayer. At this point all religion ceased to be equal. At this point, Christianity moves into a new path where it offers you the right to become God’s actual children in the world.
Many people pray to a distant god but here we have God calling us back into relationship. Yesterday I said that prayer is seeking to weave the Kingdom of God into a fallen world, and this is the first step.
Consider the Garden of Eden. What was our relationship like with God in the Garden? In Genesis it says humans walked with God in the cool of the day - without shame or distance.
That is ultimately the greatest longing of our soul. In this prayer, Jesus is saying that through Him you can be reconnected with your Creator. That in your room, on your own it is possible to return back to Eden in your heart.
This is God’s invitation to you in this prayer. He is your Father. You are his son. You are his daughter. He wants to welcome you back home.
The Kingdom of God advances as our hearts find our true home with the Father.