“When you pray, say: “Father”

These words provide an amazing beginning to our week of prayer!  Rightly understood, this is the most unexpected part of the Disciples Prayer.  Jesus invites those who have turned from their sins and trusted the Savior to address the creator and ruler of the universe as “Father.”

To make it even better, the Aramaic word Jesus uses is “Abba,” the familiar word used by Jewish children to affectionately call their daddy.  We might say, “Dearest Father.”  Here’s what’s amazing.  In this prayer, Jesus not only calls His Father “Abba” but invites His followers to do the same: “When you pray, say: “Father…”  (Luke 11:2a)

When we pray “Abba, Father” we pray to One Who has demonstrated His love by sending His only Son to die for our sins.  To One Who has eternally adopted His followers as sons and daughters.  To One Who invites us to come freely and often to the throne of grace to find help in time of need.  To One Who adds this audacious promise for those who pray:

“I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”  (Luke 11:9-13)

It is with this certain hope that I invite you to join us for this week of prayer.  Let us remember Who we are praying to—”Our Father!”—and remember His promise to graciously answer our prayers.  Let us come boldly to the throne of grace to find help in our need.  I look forward to praying individually and in small groups throughout this week and then gathering Saturday to pray together for the year ahead.  If you haven’t registered yet for Saturday, you can do it here.

Thanks for praying!  I’m looking forward to encountering God together this week.

Matthew Williams grew up attending KingsWay and joined the pastoral staff in 2009. God has blessed him and his wife, Aliza, with three rambunctious boys, Ethan, Micah, and Tyler. Matthew did his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond in chemistry and political science, spent a year at the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College, and is nearly finished with his Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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