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Spiritual Gifts: Week 2 - Devotion 1

Do you ever feel like your prayers are kind of separated from who God really is? In other words, do you feel like you’re not able to connect personally with God in prayer? It’s OK if you feel this way. It’s pretty common, actually. But let’s look at something that might help you out a little.

Read Matthew 3:17. Here God calls Jesus His “beloved Son.” This is important because it sets up this next idea. Jesus was God’s Son. And because of what Jesus did for you on the cross, you’re now an adopted child of God. The Apostle Paul liked to refer to us as co-heirs (i.e., brothers and sisters of Jesus) with Christ. Whoa!

Now read Galatians 4:6. (Go ahead. Do it.) Here we see Paul talking about the Holy Spirit crying out to God through our prayers. What does He cry out on our behalf? “Abba, Father.” Why is this important? Because Abba is a Greek word that is a cross between a reverent and a loving way of referring to a Father. So, it’s not exactly like calling God “Pops,” or “Dad,” or anything flippant like that. But it IS similar to being able to call God, “Daddy.” So, yeah. Let that rock your world for a bit.

Because of the work of Jesus did on the cross, and the work of the Holy Spirit within you, you have been given the privilege and the right to approach God in prayer as if you were His beloved child. Because guess what? You ARE!

So next time your prayers feel like they’re bouncing off the ceiling, imagine that you’re a little kid crawling up into the lap of your heavenly Father, a father who loves you with a love you can’t begin to describe or explain. Talk to Him as Daddy. See what a difference it makes.

Emily Traylor