Matthew 6: 9 “Our
Father which art in heaven”
"...ye have received the Spirit of
adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father."
I asked a
friend for suggestions on a series to write about for my blog. She
thought about it for a few minutes and then said, “What about
prayer?” As I meditated on this for a few days, I decided the best
place to begin was by looking at what Jesus said about prayer.
Luke 11:1 tells us Jesus’s disciples had seen him praying.
After he had finished praying, “one of his disciples said unto him,
Lord, teach us to pray...” Jesus didn’t hesitate, but answered him
immediately. If we’re going to look at prayer, it’s probably a good
idea to look at what Jesus said.
“model” prayer Jesus shared with His disciples begins with “Our
Father…” and that’s where we need to begin. If you and I have
trusted Christ as our personal Savior, we were adopted into the
family of God, giving us the right to call God our Father. Jewish
law actually gave an adopted child more rights than one who was born
into a family.
allowed for parents to disown their children. Parents would often do
this when a son became a Publican. Publicans were crooked tax
collectors, collaborators with the Roman government, traitors to
Israel. When a man became a Publican, his family would sometimes
have a funeral ceremony because he was dead to them.
child were adopted, however, he could never be disowned or
disinherited. He was their son forever. It’s no accident God uses
“adoption” to describe our relationship with Him. It’s permanent and
irreversible. Our faith in Christ for our salvation means God is
forever our Father.
is God our Father, but He is also our “Abba” Father. Abba is a
child’s loving name for his father, comparable to “Daddy.” While a
preacher friend was visiting the Holy Land, he heard a child about 3
or 4 calling “Abba, Abba” at the top of his lungs as he ran around
preacher watched as the child ran straight to a man, who picked him
up in his big, strong arms and held him close as the child smothered
his face with kisses. Since I heard his story, I’ve never thought of
God, my “Abba, Father” in the same way.
gift you and I have in this loving, intimate relationship with the
God of the universe! He’s the eternal God who breathed out galaxies,
who spoke and created everything from nothing. But He’s also our
“Abba” Father, a “Daddy” who loves us and holds us safe in His
or discussion about prayer needs to begin with our relationship with
the God who can answer our prayers. You may or may not have had a
close, loving relationship with your earthly father. I did not. But
I’ve discovered what a father’s love is supposed to be like as I
learned about the eternal love of my “Abba Father.”
you viewed God in the past? Was He the God of judgement, of
condemnation? Those things are true about God. He is the God of
judgement, but He’s also the God of mercy. And the cross of Jesus
Christ is where judgement and mercy met. If you have trusted Christ,
you can, with absolute confidence, claim God as your “Abba Father”
and go directly to Him in prayer.
Challenge for Today: What might happen if we, just for today,
realized God isn’t an unapproachable God, but our Abba Father, who
loves us with an everlasting love?