Friday, October 16, 2015

God our Father, our Daddy (Matthew 6:9)

Jesus introduced us to Abba Father or Daddy in the Lord’s Prayer when Jesus said to pray “Our Father which art in heaven...” 

He used the Greek word Patera, meaning daddy or papa.

Many of us have not known what it means to have a loving, caring father. The word father to me is formal and distant. But Daddy indicates to me someone who loves me. I’m a daddy’s girl. He thinks I’m the greatest. I feel loved, protected and cared for. It reminds me of being a little girl in my daddy’s arms.

Today I encourage you to meditate on God as your Daddy. As believers we are Daddy’s beloved children. 

This is the first word Hebrew children learn. It is a wonderfully affectionate, intimate name we use to embrace our loving and adoring Father. 

(Mark 10:13-16) Just as Jesus wraps His arms around the little children and rebukes His disciples for trying to shoo them away, our Daddy will do the same for us as we come to Him.  He will not allow anyone to push us away.

Each of us has a child-like-place within us that only our loving Father can satisfy. It’s that vulnerable part where we long to be held and hugged as we lay our head on His shoulder.

While meditating on your Heavenly Daddy bring the child in you to Him and cry out for His affection. (Ephesians 3:14-20) Cling to Him as a child holds onto their father when needing the assurance of love and security.

Our Heavenly Daddy is the One our hearts yearn for and nothing or no one else can ever fill this longing that is deep within our souls.

Bring out the child inside of you. Sing Him a love song or make Him a picture. Embrace Him as your loving Daddy.

Daddy is the language of sons and daughters. If you did not have a loving father you may have a feeling of abandonment or have felt like an orphan. If so, allow your Heavenly Daddy to heal those deep wounds. Feel secure in His arms.

During communion today thank Him for sending Jesus so that we can have this intimate love relationship with our Heavenly Daddy. Amen!

Blessings on your day!


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