Abba Father

Two weeks ago, we brought our lil’ munchkin home from Haiti. It has been so much fun to see life again from a toddler’s point of view. Since his arrival, we dance a lot more, speak Creole as much as possible, and find plenty of odds and ends that we have no clue where they originated from. I’m sure the day my vacuum cleaner falls apart due to missing nuts & bolts, it will all make more sense.

One of my favorite memories since the arrival of Comerson was his first facetime conversation with his grandparents. He clearly isn’t up to speed with all the technology because he has also been caught talking to the television on more than one occasion. But somehow, he quickly figured out he was talking to his Papa and excitedly chatted away. With such ease of conversation, one would never suspect they have never met.

What a sweet reminder that we, too, have a Father who looks forward to hearing from us. In Scripture, many names are used to describe God our Heavenly Father. One of the most tender is the term of “Abba Father,” or in Aramaic, “Daddy.” It is a term which was commonly used by young children in reference to their fathers. As a believer, we have been adopted into God’s family.

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”  John 1:12-13 ESV

As a child of God, we have many benefits, one of which is the ability to approach God’s throne room with boldness. In other words, we can ask Him anything!

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16 ESV

We can ask anytime! God is always awake and never falls asleep on the job. He is never too busy to hear your heart’s cry or to answer an urgent call.

“He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” Psalm 121:3-4 ESV

Even when we don’t know what to ask for–God already knows what we need. In fact, Jesus is interceding full-time on our behalf.

“Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” Romans 8:34 ESV

What a privilege to have a heavenly Daddy who hears, who sees and understands!