Abba, Father – in honor of Father’s Day

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves,
so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received
brought about
your adoption to sonship.
And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
Romans 8:15 (NIV)
In honor of Father’s Day, I offer you musings on
my favorite name of God—Abba. This
name fills me with wonder. We do not have to “live in fear” when we think of
our glorious God! He is King of kings, yes. He is the Almighty God, certainly.
He is able to save, rescue, deliver with a word. He is Holy, Holy, Holy, and
were it not for His Son’s death and resurrection, we would not be able to live
in His Presence. We should tremble before the One who gives us the very breath
we breathe!
And yet … He adopts us and enables us to cry,
“Abba, Father!” Even “Father,” I admit, keeps me at a respectful distance. A
father is loving and protective, but also stern and, in my mind, a lot bigger
than me. That’s why the more intimate term, “Abba,” sends me reeling. Really? I
have the unbelievable honor and privilege of calling the God of the universe …
Abba? This gift from God … this adoption as a full daughter of His … allows me the freedom to run into His Presence.
A “sit on your lap” closeness. A leap-off-the-bed with a joy-filled “catch me,
Daddy!” closeness. A cry when I’m hurt, knowing He will scoop me up and hold me
closeness. This name tells me I can intimately draw near to my God and King!
No matter how you perceive your earthly father,
dear one, savor this. Your heavenly Father wants you to be that close to Him. You
have the incredible privilege of crying, “Abba, Father” whenever you wish,
knowing the best of Fathers will gather you in His arms and never, never leave
you or forsake you.
You are loved,

Sharon Gamble, Moms in Prayer USA National Director, resides in Dover, New Hampshire, and has been married to her high school sweetheart, Ray, since 1979. She has two wonderful daughters, two great sons-in-law and three precious grandsons. She loves biking with Ray, walking in all kinds of weather and curling up with a good book by her fireplace.

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  1. Thank you, Sharon! I have the incredible privilege of leading our church's all-church prayer meeting tomorrow morning at 6:45 a.m. Our prayer pastor (who is btw, the chaplain at Westmont College) will be gone, and he asked me to substitute, beaming with the idea that I will be able to share the MIP format, the one that set him on his path to a solid prayer life long ago, when his children were young, and his wife was a MIP mom! He wants me to share our format, and so all week I have been praying for the Lord to reveal to me the perfect attribute of God~this may be it!

    1. This made me smile, Lisa! What a GREAT story about your prayer pastor, husband of a Moms in Prayer wife! So thankful to see how this wonderful method of prayer spreads as it is shared!

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