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20 November 2009

Scripture:

7 “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered only by repeating their words again and again. 8 Don’t be like them, because your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!” (Matthew 6:7-8 NLT)

The Jews were not only religious in their thinking about God, they were superstitious. They believed that God’s name, Yahweh, was too holy to write down or say out loud. Jesus talked about God in a whole new way, a way that challenged their concept of who God is and how we are to relate to him.

Jesus talked about God as “My Father,” and then he said God is “Our Father,” and then he matter-of-factly referred to God as “Your Father.” Jesus said in so many ways, “This is not about religion, but about relationship.” It’s not “How’re you doing with the practice of your religion?” It’s “How’s your relationship with your heavenly Father?”

Through faith in Christ, I’m a child of God. He’s my “heavenly Father.” I’ve got the terminology for it, “Our Father in heaven...” But there’s a difference between believing that God loves me in a generic sort of way because he loves the human race and believing that God loves me in the intimate personal way a Daddy loves his little boy.

What I’ve been working on for most of my life of faith is to get it into my heart as well as my head that God really loves me as a father loves his son. He even likes me just as I am because he made me just the way I am!

I am a child of God – the same God who made the universe, who has in every generation chosen people to know him, to know his will, to partner with him in his redemptive purpose – I am a child of God. I’m his child and he’s my heavenly Father.

Prayer:

Father. Dear heavenly Father. Dad. Abba. Daddy. Our Father who art in heaven. My Father. Thank you for adopting me into your family of faith and for loving me. Thanks for the privilege of calling you Father. Thanks for loving me just as I am and for loving me too much to leave me just as I was. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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