When I address God in prayer, I usually begin with “Heavenly Father” or “Dear Father in heaven” which denotes the fact that God dwells in the heavenly realm (Deuteronomy 4:39; Joshua 2:11; 1 Kings 8:27,30).
Where is our confidence in the day of judgment? (1 John 4:17). If we pattern our lives after Christ (1 John 2:3-6), we should have confidence in the day of judgment. The previous verse (1 John 4:16), tells us that we must continually “dwell” in God’s love in order to maintain that confidence.
That successful “dwelling” is also contingent upon our confessing Christ as God’s Son (1 John 4:15), and the keeping of God’s commands (1 John 3:24). Another criteria for our having confidence in the day of judgment is for us to maintain God’s standard of moral purity in ourselves and in our everyday living (1 John 3:2-3; cf. 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Peter 1:13-16).
All of the above can only be achieved “through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).