BCL Grow: Adoption — Matthew 6:9
Matthew 6:9 (Adoption)
“Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” — Matthew 6:9
“Christ tells us, in this prayer, to call God ‘Father.’ In the Old Testament, God’s relationship with his covenant people is sometimes compared to that of a father with his children.…When Jesus came, he came to make a way for God’s covenant people to actually be God’s children by adoption. Jesus was God’s only Son, but it was the will of Jesus and of the Father that Jesus should be the older brother of many adopted children of God.” — Comforting Hearts, Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the Heidelberg Catechism, by Starr Meade, p. 229.
Steps to Take
1. Ponder: The Heidelberg Catechism (Q. 120) asks, “Why did Christ command us to call God ‘our father’? Answer: To awaken us at the very beginning of our prayer what should be basic to our prayer—a childlike reverence and trust that through Christ God has become our Father, and that just as our parents do not refuse us the things of this life, even less will God our Father refuse to give us what we ask in faith.”
2. Remember: By faith in Christ Jesus you are a child of God, adopted into his household and having all the privileges of coming to him in prayer for all your needs.
3. Rejoice: God hears and answers your prayers according to his good and perfect and loving will. We may not immediately see the outcome, but we can rejoice in knowing that it will ultimately be for our good and for God’s glory. Rejoice that we have our Father in heaven who hears our prayers.
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