Lenten Devo 2: “Our Father”

**John and I were tasked with writing some devotionals alongside Ruth for the Lenten season. Our theme for these 40 days is The Lord’s Prayer. This is John’s second one and is about “Our Father”. It fell on Day 7 of this series.**

Reading: Romans 8:15

Our Father

There is so much to unpack in this verse, but we’re just going to focus on the fact that God is our father. The Greek word for “adoption to sonship” is a term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted heir in Roman Culture. In other words, when Paul writes about our adoption to sonship he is saying that we are now fully able to say that we are heirs with Christ, because of Christ. 

The fact that we are able to cry Abba, Father is nothing short of amazing! A beloved child uses this as a term of tender endearment. This is the same as my small son looking up at me and saying, “Daddy, I love you”. As a father I get a small glimpse into the joy God feels when he calls us his children. 

One of my favourite parts of the day is in the evenings when I am putting my son to sleep. I will read the Bible to him, pray with him, and lay down with him for a while. It’s during this time that we talk about his day, and I always try to tell him how proud I am of him. This time of intentional relationship building brings us closer to each other every day. 

How can you personally carve out time for God?
How can you be intentional about it?

Relationship with God is similar to a relationship with a friend. You build a deeper relationship with that person by spending time with them. Start today, pray for God to help you build that relationship deeper than ever before.

JC

Today, let’s pray for the children in your area and your family.

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