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"I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:19


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April 06, 2018:   

Prayer and  Our Abba Father
#AbbaFather #prayer #ritamoritz
  Matthew 6: 9Our Father which art in heaven
Romans 8:15b
" 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.

The “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.

The Law 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.

If the 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.

Not only 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 the corner.

This 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.

What a 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 loving embrace.

Any study 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.”

How have 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?


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