For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15).
The book of Genesis teaches us that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Thus in my opinion, we should pray to the one who created all things, who knows all things, who sees all things, who can be in Africa and Alabama at the same time. We should pray to God the Father who has the power of life and death in His hands. We should pray to the one who is gracious, kind, beautiful, merciful, and loving. We should pray to the one who knows what we need even before we ask Him.
When we pray to God the Father, we acknowledge that we are dependent on the Lord. We say to God, and to those who may hear our prayer that God is the source of our supply. We humbly submit ourselves to the sovereignty, rule, and reign of the God who created us in His image and likeness. When we pray to God the Father, we say, “Abba” or “Daddy.” We prostrate ourselves before the throne of grace as a child does when she sheepishly comes into the presence of her earthy father and sits at the feet of his easy chair making her requests known unto him. When we pray to God the Father, we come into the presence of the one who loves us, knows us, and has our best interests at heart.
Abba Father, I honor You as the One who created the heavens and earth, and all that is in them! You have the power of life and death in Your hands, and You are compassionate and loving towards all You have made. I can do nothing apart from You. May I always remember that when I pray, I am entering Your throne room; the place where Your hand of grace rests upon my head, for I am Your child.
—-Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 4, God the Father and Prayer by Patricia A. Outlaw). This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise God, who is “holy, holy, holy” (Isa. 6:3). Give thanks for God’s glory, which is seen throughout the whole earth. Confess any sin which keeps you from experiencing the holiness and glory of God. Commit your life anew today to seeking God’s holiness and glory. Ask him to reveal himself to you as you seek his glory in your life.
Pray that your family will have a renewed sense of God’s glory in all areas of your family life—our work, relationships, conversation, leisure time, and so on.
“The ministry of intercession is very demanding. To be serious about intercession is to be ready to give ourselves for the sake of others.” —Maxie Dunnam
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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Advent – Day 2
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (Colossians 3:1).
Lord, prepare our hearts to be set on things above because we have been raised with Jesus! We have new life because He came here as a baby, lived a sinless life, died on the cross and rose again! Help us to set our hearts on things above as we wait for the coming of the Christ Child.
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