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The Jews refused to say the name of God. The use of the name Yahweh was thought by the Jews disrespectful at the least.

How, then, should we address God in prayer? Jesus taught in Luke 11:2 God should be called “father.”

Thinking of God as father changes the way we view God. Instead of addressing him as the Almighty or Creator, he is father. We are coming to a being who loves us as a father and is deeply interested in our lives.

In a recent movie, one of the lyrics of a song said, “I don’t believe in an interventionist God.” If one does not believe in a God that intervenes in the lives of people, then one does not believe in the God of the Bible.

God intervened in the lives of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and his family, Abraham and his family and Moses and the children of Israel. God intervened in King Saul’s life, in David’s life and Solomon’s as well. He intervened in the lives of Israel and Judah and in the remnant of the tribe of Judah returning from Babylonian captivity.

God intervened in the world to bring his Messiah to the world. He allowed the Roman Empire to come to power to provide roads the apostles would travel to spread the gospel. He provided a common language, Koine Greek, so his word could be read by almost everyone.

The apostle Paul, visiting Greece, told the Athenians, “and he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us; for in him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are his children’” (Acts 17:26-28 NASB).

“I don’t believe in an interventionist God?” Such a statement indicates such a one does not understand, “for in him, we live and move and exist,” and, “we also are his children.” Such a one does not believe in God at all.

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John Henson

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, John Henson has been a husband for 40 years and a preacher for about half that. He currently serves as the preacher for the Dibrell Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee..

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