Abba Father

Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba,Father.

                          Galatians 4:6

                          

And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 

                           Romans 8:15b-16

 

Now that I am at a point in my life where I feel like I’ve at least passed the midway mark, I realize that life’s days have seemed to have flown fly by, like the image of a desk calendar pages rapidly blowing off in old black and while movies to mark the passage of time.

 

My two children are on my mind a lot, especially in my early morning devotional time when I can stare at the various school-age photos of them on the large wall going up the staircase. I’m thankful to recall when each of those pictures were taken, both formal school poses and informal action shots of childhood activity. I’m completely smitten with them, both when they were children and now as adults, and I love them with a fierceness of a Mama Bear.

 

Since they are adults and have their own lives (25 and 20, living in their own apartment and home, respectively), I am always thrilled when I get to spend some quality time with them, either individually or together. The conversations now are obviously quite different. Since they are fewer and farther between than when the boys were young (logistics and stages in life being what they are), so I am thrilled to pieces when they do happen. I enjoy their company so much, and look forward to Sunday afternoons when Greg comes over and we all play games and have fun.

It hit me the other morning when I was not able to spend any time in prayer or scripture reading with my heavenly Father that He must feel the same way about us that I do about spending time with my kids. How He longs to be an active part of our lives—how He gently waits for us to approach Him in our time of need or our time of joy or in our time of anything! We have His Word to help inform our relationship with Him, but if we don’t spend enough time in it, we are denying ourselves of a wonderful gift. If we carve out time for Him but focus on “getting through” the prayer so that we can move on to other things, we miss the point. If we do what I used to do and say a five-minute prayer in my car before I went in to work as my only interaction with Him, and then pat ourselves on the back for being “so holy” as I used to do, we are so lost. If we think that time with Him is all done on Sunday morning at church and that we don’t have to think of Him for another seven days, we are so in the wrong.

 

Friends, He loves us and wants to be more involved in our lives, both individually and corporately. Thank goodness that He is longsuffering and patient, and parent-like in His love for us. Thank goodness for His Holy Spirit, who convicts and leads us in the way we should go. Thank goodness for Jesus Christ, whose death enables us to approach the throne in prayer.

 

 

Prayer Requests

  • Praise for technology that enables people who need prayer to come to our church and be prayed for
  • Praise for Him bringing the Carrolls to us for prayer and support
  • For those in our church in need of healing, be it physical, emotional, or spiritual
  • For us to an active and living church

 

If you want to spend even more time in prayer with Him and a group of your fellow Christian brothers and sisters, I invite you to join us at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evenings in the CE building for our prayer meeting.

 

Quotes

“God wants full custody, not just weekend visits.”

 

“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.”