Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 46
Q120. Why did Christ command us
to call God “our Father”?
A120. To awaken in us
at the very beginning of our prayer
what should be basic to our prayer—
a childlike reverence and trust
that through Christ God has become our Father,
and that just as our parents do not refuse us
the things of this life,
even less will God our Father refuse to give us
what we ask in faith.
Q121. Why the words
A121. These words teach us
not to think of God’s heavenly majesty
as something earthly,
and to expect everything
needed for body and soul
from God’s almighty power.