Praying Through the Names of God: A 40­-Day Devotional

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Day Twenty-Nine: Abba

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Daddy

God is not like a father to us. God is our father. He is the perfect father. He alone defines fatherhood. God fathers His children perfectly. In fact, He is the father of our dreams. Many of us do not even know what the father of our dreams would look like because of the wounds we carry from our earthly fathers. When we allow our God to be our Daddy, His perfection can heal those wounds.

Jesus came to reveal the Father to us. Jesus used “Father” to refer to God more than any other name. He taught us to direct our prayers not to an abstract, far off deity, but to Our Father. Jesus came to reveal God as a loving intimate personal being.

Jesus came so that we could meet the Father who had always wanted us, but that we had never known. He came so that we might be adopted into His family and know our Daddy. He wanted to give us the joy of knowing that we have been adopted into His family and that we are rightful heirs to the Kingdom of Light. We are beloved sons and daughters filled with the power, authority, grace and the love of our Heavenly Father.

Galatians 4:4-6

“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, 'Abba, Father!'”

Meditations

Isn’t it amazing to think that the God of the universe wants to be a personal Father to us?

Repent of limiting Abba’s ability to Father you based off your experience with your earthly father.
Pray and ask Abba to heal all your wounds from your earthly father and show you how He is the father of your dreams. Ask Him to awaken your dreams of what a father should be if you have buried them in your heart already.
Listen and think about what it means to have Abba watching over you. Remember that you have not been left on your own like an orphan to look out for yourself.
Meditate on what it means to be a child—and an Heir—of God. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what is already yours since you are God’s son or daughter.

Day Twenty-Eight: Elohey Avoteynu

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God Of Our Fathers

Have you ever wondered what God was trying to teach us by including genealogies in the Bible? One of the things He wanted us to know is that He had a plan from the very beginning. He wanted us to be able to trace it backwards and forwards. He wanted us to be able to see that the God Of Our Fathers had been leading His people somewhere from the very beginning. When we wonder about our future He wanted us to be able to look back and see that He had left evidence of His faithfulness behind.

Genealogies were important because the Hebrews understood that God’s redemption was a family thing. They believed it was through the physical bloodline of their ancestors, but God had a bigger picture in mind. It was through the spiritual bloodline of faith that God’s plan unfolds. The God Of Our Fathers becomes our Father God when we come to faith in His Son Jesus Christ and are adopted into the family!

Exodus 3:16-17

“Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’”

Meditations

Have you taken The God Of Our Fathers, Elohey Avoteynu in Hebrew, and made Him your Father God by completely surrendering to Jesus Christ and being adopted into the family of faith?

Repent of wondering how you would know if God would be there for you in the future instead of looking at the faithfulness of Elohey Avoteynu in the past.
Pray and ask Elohey Avoteynu to show you His plan for intimacy with you throughout His Word.
Listen and think about the promises Elohey Avoteynu made to the nation of Israel when they became His people and what those promises mean for you.
Meditate on how you can be a living example to others that Elohey Avoteynu is still in the business of welcoming people into the family. Who can you lead into the family by your faith, story, or love in action?

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