ABBA, FATHER!

“Abba, Father, all things are possible for you” (Mark 14:36).

This is a part of Jesus Christ's prayer. He called the Lord "Abba, Father" and prayed in a heart-melting manner. He has also given a model for you to follow while praying.

Look at a police officer. He has the authority. The thieves and the robbers are scared of him. His big sized moustache, hefty stature and the stern looking face threaten all the people around. But when he returns home from duty he acts as a loving father and the children are not afraid of him.

The cherubim and seraphim are afraid of God. They worship with all reverence covering their faces with two wings and feet with another two.  He is the one to dwell in unapproachable light. He remains as the consuming fire. But for us, He is our Father. The Scripture says, “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:15, 16).

When Sadhu Sunder Singh was returning through a forest after doing ministry, he lost his way and was caught in the mid-forest. In his front was a river with ice coldwater and if one ventured into it, he may die of freezing. At his back came a fierce tiger growling from a distance. He did not know what to do and silently looked at the sky and shouted "Abba, Father."

At that time, a voice rose from the bund of the river saying, "I am coming right now." A strong built person came swimming in that river of cold water. He came near Sadhu Sunder Singh and asked him to climb on his back so that he could carry him to safety. Sadhu Sunder Singh did so and after crossing the cold river to his surprise he found a camp fire burning as a remedy to the cold conditions.  When Sadhu Sunder Singh comforted himself sitting near the fire, he turned around and could not find the man who had helped him. For Sadhu Sunder Singh who chose to follow God, than his father or his mother, Jesus Christ Himself turned to be his Abba, Father.   

You have a heavenly father and He is the one to give you good things. He pities us as a father pities his children. He carries us as an eagle carries its younger ones keeping them under its wings. He comforts us as a mother comforts her child.

Today many people in the world are left as orphans and destitute. They lament over their purposeless life. Dear children of God, will you pray calling Him "Abba, Father?"  

To meditate: “And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” (Galatians 4:6)

Daily BreadJoshua Jebadurai