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Throughout the 3 years next to the Lord Jesus, the disciples saw extraordinary demonstrations of power. For example, twice they saw a large multitude be fed in a miraculous way. They also saw the blind see, paralytics walk, people with leprosy be cleaned, and many others. On top of this, they saw a miracle which called my attention the most: the resurrection of the dead.

Imagine the scene of Nain’s widow, in tears, crossing the city gate with her only son dead. On the way, was the Lord Jesus.  She faced the pain, death and despair in her life. With one touch on the coffin, the young man got up. The same thing happened with Jairo’s daughter, and also, in a more surprisingly way with Lazarus, who had been dead for four days.

Although all these miracles showed the glory of God and the ability to help so many people, we don’t see the disciples asking how to do it. Do you know why? Because there was something that the Master did that was even more extraordinary: The way he spoke to the Almighty.

Those men knew the Scriptures and they had never seen someone which so much intimacy and intrepidity in prayer. Before this, they perceived that they didn’t know the fundamentals of a spiritual life, and that learning how to pray was more important than learning how to do miracles.

The Lord Jesus met the request and began His teaching launching a deep concept about the kind of relationship we should have with God by calling Him Father.

Like this, He revealed to us that God was His father, and that He also desired to be our Father.

Perhaps you, like me, may not have had a good earthly father figure. I see examples on a daily basis of women that suffer because they are daughters of an unknown father who is: absent, alcoholic, cruel or abusive.

However, having God as a father helps you overcome difficulties from the past and it becomes the greatest glory that a human can achieve and the highest prize of human existence. But this prize is only given to those who went through the legitimate process of adoption. This means that they were bore by Him, who died to their corrupted nature and were born again.

Having the privilege of calling my Lord, Father, was one of my greatest joys. I know that He has many precious Names, but, for me, Father is the best. I don’t get tired of saying “my Father”. Sometimes, in the silence in my room, I don’t know what to say, but I know something that makes my heart glad, and His as well, babbling like a child: “Daddy…”

You might think I’m exaggerating calling God daddy, but I tell you that the Holy Spirit reaffirmed the liberty that the Lord Jesus had given us by saying:

“And because you are sons, God has sent forth into our hearts the Spirit of His Son, crying, “Abba, Father!”” Galatians 4:6

The word “Abba” belongs the Aramaic language and was conserved in some versions of the Bible. It expresses the greatest point of intimacy between son and Father. The word “Father” is formal, like in the English language, but “Abba Father” is informal, familiar and completely intimate. Saying “Abba, Father” is the same as saying, “My Dear Father”, “Dad”, “Daddy”…

We are no longer orphans, but we have a Loving Father, just, attentive, that invites us to have a communion with Him.

But we must remember that the right to call Him Father is only given to those who are in fact children. This certainty is not created by us nor does it come from others, but it’s given by the Holy Spirit, through an inner conviction. In other words, it’s the Holy Spirit that speaks to you, in a personal way, if God is your Father, and no one else can hear that Voice.

And, if we are children, we are also heirs of everything with the Lord Jesus.

See you next week.

Collaborated: Núbia Siqueira

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  • Ester Francisco

    When my day starts with prayer and ends with prayer, everything work out well.
    Prayer transform everything impossivel to possivel, we just need pray with humbleness and we must come to God truthfully, as we are.

  • Martha Magongo

    It is so beautiful to have a father that your trust, have faith in and believe in 100% no matter what must happen I can never be an orphan, because my Father is forever alive. the relationship between me and God makes me have no doubts.

  • Nikki Karitas

    Beautiful and encouraging.Surely,I am not alone and I will never stop fighting to maintain my birth rite,I am a child of God.

  • Selma N Johannes

    I believe in learning to pray, I remember when I was not serious with God, I used to pray sometimes ,and stop sometimes if I stop I see weakness inside of me and my things always first going wrong,this shows me always that there is something am not doing right.prayers bring me closer to God.which means depending on God is the most important thing in life because with him we can do everything.

  • Kabelo

    A post so good
    He becomes my father, only if I be a child to Him. Simple and understandable.
    Thanks Mrs Cris
    Kabelo Tswaana

  • Lipalesa Moletsane

    I understood that the HolySpirit is the one that confirms that Iam a child of God and it is true this is personal.I should have my own faith not depend on someone’s faith and also to have a father-child relationship with God i need to use my faith.

  • Nthabiseng Thuntshane

    I understood that my relationship with my Father is based on my faith and my full communion with Him,and also the approval of my birth right comes from the holy spirit so I need to leave acodingly to the word of God..

  • I Khauta

    having GOD as a father has indeed helped me to overcome my past through the prayers and reading of His word, and most importantly with the help of the Holy Sprit and now i embrace the new person i am. i give all thanks and honor to Him