Forty Days of Prayer – Day 4

Jesus opened new ways of understanding many things with His life and also so in His teaching on prayer. One way is with the way He spoke to God the Father as Abba Father.

“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry Abba, Father. The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” (Romans 8: 15-16)

We have many words in the English language for father. Maybe the most common alternate is Dad. This term has more of a personal relationship than the formal name father. When Jesus prayed He used Abba as a way of speaking to God. Abba is the Aramaic way of saying something in between father and dad. It has the sense of being very personal and powerful. What can a child ask of their dad? They can ask for almost anything they know and trust that dad will get them something good. As stated in Romans 8 above, we do not have to have a sense of fear when praying, but the confidence of a child seeking his Dad and asking for help. This relationship is a big part of what makes us able to be bold in prayer. Two days ago we talked of waking someone up in the middle of the night. Kids can do that with their parents because they are so bold, because of the confidence they have in their relationship. We can pray Abba Father, because that is who God our Father is to us in Jesus.

In Jesus’ Name, Pastor Dave

Abba Father, help us to understand who we are. So often we do that in just looking at ourselves and what we do in life. We get a better picture of ourselves as we see ourselves as Your children. That is what Your Spirit tells us in our hearts and minds. This changes prayer, because that is who we really are. Thank You. Amen.

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