Do you think of God as your loving, heavenly Father? Many people find this hard to do. The notion of calling God—who is holy and righteous—Father can be overwhelming. But it's true. We can call Him Father because of the shed blood of Christ.
The Bible tells us that without the sacrificial death of Jesus, there can be no forgiveness. Because of Christ's death and resurrection, we are redeemed and restored into right fellowship with God. When we place our faith in Christ, we can call God our Father.
We can call Him Father because of the shed blood of Christ.
Biblical repentance means accepting Christ's free gift of salvation. When we repent, we have the power to overcome. He gives us new life—freedom from our past, strength to change our ways, and the right to come to God in prayer.
Charles Spurgeon explains the honor of prayer this way: "What a privilege is intimate communion with the Father of our spirits! It is a secret hidden from the world, a joy with which even the nearest friend intermeddleth not."
Have you been crying out to God, feeling that He is not responding? Don't give up. He hears you and will answer.
Prayer: Father, thank You for having compassion on me and for the joy of intimate communion with You. I pray I will use the new life You have given me to honor You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).
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