In Scripture there are many different names used to describe God. While all the names of God are important for a variety of reasons, the name "Abba Father" is one of the most significant names in terms of understanding how he relates to his people. The Aramaic word Abba would most closely be translated as "Daddy." It was a common term that young children would use to address their fathers. It signifies the close, intimate relationship of a father to his child, as well as the childlike trust a young child puts in his daddy.
Anyone who has been a Christian for almost any length of time understands God as "our Father." Having received salvation at the age of twenty-one, I, too, understood the concept of God as Father but it wasn't until last year-at the age of fifty-two-that I truly began to understand the fatherhood of God beyond the abstract.