Friday May 26th 2023
So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. – Luke 11:1
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba Father”. – Romans 8:15
Prayer is a relationship, and not a ritual. When we come to God in prayer, we are not just approaching Him as our Creator, but as ‘Abba Father’. This statement of fact connotes deep intimacy between a loving father and his son or daughter. As a child approaches his father without any fear of being let down, so God, our loving Father, wants us to approach Him in prayer. For this reason, He beckons on us to “…come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” – Hebrews 4:16. Prayer therefore, is the expression of that Father-child relationship with God in loving fellowship. Our ability to see prayer from this perspective will greatly determine the effectiveness of our prayers. Beyond our desire to pray, God is much more ready to answer just as a loving father will not give a stone to his child instead of the bread requested for (Luke 11:11). By our new birth experience, we are no longer in bondage to the spirit of fear, but have been given the right by adoption whereby we can boldly call Him ‘Abba Father’.
PRAYER: ABBA FATHER, I thank You for being a Father to me. Give me grace to always approach You with this sense of Father-son/daughter relationship in Jesus Name