Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Today's Devotional Scripture

“And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, ‘Abba, Father.’”
Galatians 4:6

What a tender thought. Paul was very deliberate in using “Abba Father”. This is a more affectionate term that simply saying, “Father.” The real translation of Abba Father is “Daddy!” Imagine, God invites us to call Him our affectionate Father, “Daddy”. Can you say that? Have you thought of Him that way? Paul says that as God’s children, He has given us His Spirit and the job of the Spirit is to help us fall more and more in love with the Father until we can call Him “Daddy.” Will you let Him do that? Will you begin to meditate, to really stop and consider that He is your loving Father? Imagine His deep love for you. Imagine you coming into His presence, calling Him “Daddy”. Ask God to help you know this reality deep in your heart. After all, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”

I find it easier when I imagine myself as a three or four year old little girl, dressed in denim bib overalls and pulling a wagon full of broken toys. The broken toys are actually broken dreams, broken promises, broken hearts and sometimes even a broken spirit. One by one, I give them to my “Daddy” to fix and lovingly He takes them from me and either fixes the “toy” or discards it and provides something much, much better.

Dear Father, Abba, Poppa, thank You for being my “Daddy”. Holy Spirit, speak to my heart and help me feel the Father’s love, to know the Father’s love. Prompt me Holy Spirit to call God, “Dear Father, Dear Daddy” on a more frequent basis. In Jesus’ name ~Amen!

Yours, because we're His,


  1. I know how much I love my Daddy...and how much he loves me.
    I know how much more my Lord loves me. Now that's a LOT!!!

  2. Beautiful...and especially precious to me as my human father died many years ago now...and in the intervening years, my heavenly Father has become that much more to me!!! He is truly a father to the fatherless!! Thank you! Janine XO

  3. I've always loved that Bible verse for that very reason! I was so happy and excited when I heard that the literal translation was really a term of endearment much like our "Papa" or "Daddy".
    "Father" to me seems so formal and forbidding. I would never call my Dad 'Father', he was always 'Dad' or 'Pop'.

    Beautiful post!
    All the best,


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