Day Twenty-Nine: Abba
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.
“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!'”
2 Corinthians 6:18, Mark 14:36, Romans 8:14-16 Ephesians 1:4-5, 1 John 3:2, John 1:12, John 14:6, Galatians 3:26, Romans 8:14-16
How God Fathers Us:
Lavish Love: 1 John 3:1, Always Near: Joshua 1:5, Protects: Psalm 5:11-12, Provides: Phil 4:19, Good Gifts: Matt 7:8-11, Guides: Romans 8:14, Corrects: 2 Tim 3:16, Comforts: 2 Thes 2:16-17, Encourages: Romans 15:4, Inheritance: Ephesians 1:8 & 1 Peter 1:4
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.