“Because you are sons [and daughters], God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father’” (Galatians 4:6).
The word “Father” with reference to God is used only fourteen times in the entire Old Testament. Almost all of these instances are symbolic or metaphorical allusions to God (e.g., Psalm 103:13 [NASB], “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him”). There are only two prayers in the entire Old Testament in which the one praying says “Father” with reference to God, and in that material it refers to God’s creation of Israel rather than a personal relationship (Isaiah 63:16; 64:8).
In the New Testament, the word “Father” is used for God fifteen times in the Sermon on the Mount alone (Matthew 5-7), and forty times in Matthew’s gospel. “Father” is used over 170 times for God’s name in the New Testament and every single prayer of Jesus begins with this title for God. (The exception is when, from the cross, Christ quotes Psalm 22, saying, “My God, My God. . . .”)
Prayer went from utter transcendence in the Old Testament to profound intimacy in the New. For Jesus to teach us to pray using the title “Father” was for Him to profoundly deepen the faith of Israel and to take prayer to an entirely new level.
–Taken from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka (Click on the title for more information on this resource).
Abba Father, how I love the knowledge that I am Your special child and can come into Your Presence any time, even continually! You are not a distant parent – You are always near. Draw me close to You in the quiet, and in the busiest moments of my day so that I may be always aware of Your profound love for me.
Praise the God who knows the depths of your heart and sees all the secret places there. Give thanks that he hears the prayers of many people all over the earth and listens to all of our cries for help. Confess to God the days in this past week when you have not made sufficient time for prayer for yourself and others. Commit yourself to remembering his deep love for you and all people, and ask the Spirit to make that awareness grow into a habit of praying without ceasing “on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Eph. 6:18).
Ask God to hear and answer the prayers of the unsaved, “so that all peoples of the earth may know [his] name and fear [him]” (1 Ki. 8:43). as a God who listens and responds.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).