July 25, 2024     1:09 pm
265. Week of Tenth Sunday after Trinity - Friday
Abba, Father!
          Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father!   Galations 4:6
          Those who do not believe in our dear Saviour Jesus Christ cannot truly pray, nor in a manner well pleasing to God. For they neither know nor accept the grace and love of God which is to be found only in Jesus Christ, and embraced only through faith in Him. They are subject to the wrath of God. How can they truly pray? How can they have the childlike confidence in God necessary for a true prayer? How can their prayer be acceptable and well pleasing to God? - No, unbelievers cannot pray. But we poor sinners who believe in our Saviour Jesus Christ are God's dear children. And God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, who cries from within us and together with us: "Abba, Father!" We can truly pray, and in a manner well pleasing to God. We have the grace of God, we are holy and beloved. We always pray in the name of Jesus Christ. In all our prayer and supplication we make this plea, that through Jesus Christ we have been reconciled to God. And from within us and together with us the Holy Spirit always prays and supplicates, the Spirit of our Saviour, whom the Saviour has sent into our hearts. Thus we pray with a confidence acceptable to God. We rely upon, we plead the word of our Saviour: "Truly, truly, I say to you, Whatsoever you shall ask the Father in my name, He will give it to you." (John 16:23) We are led by the Spirit of Christ, who is also the Spirit of the Father, to tell our heavenly Father everything, like little children, all our troubles, and always to trust that He will graciously grant our prayer and give us the best and most salutary gifts. Behold, dear Christian, this is true prayer.
          PRAYER: - Oh, my Heavenly Father, at all times give me the right teacher to teach me how to pray, Your Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Your dear Son, my Saviour, that in the name of this my Atoner I may pray to You, and that in true faith and with joyful confidence I may commit myself into Your outstretched almighty arms. And then hear my prayer, O Father, and richly, abundantly give me all that is good, wholesome, and beneficial for me, and fill my poor heart with peace and joy. Amen.

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