Just to pray to a God who is “in heaven,” is a warning against contemporary domestication of God. Here is God who is not some pale image of ourselves and our best aspirations. This God doesn’t live here in our country, is not housed within our sanctuaries. God the Father rules from heaven. So don’t be confused by some Christian talk about “a personal relationship with Jesus,” as if this were the whole point of the Christian faith – to get cozy and comfy with God. The God whom we address with the intimate, “Father” is also “in heaven.” The God revealed in the Jew from Nazareth, Jesus, is the God who moves the sun and the stars.
– Hauerwas & Willimon, Lord, Teach Us, p. 37.