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Sunday, June 15, 2014


Some Christians to pray, feel constrained by body language of prayer. We must kneel? Close your eyes? Use a formal approach or casual? What is the appropriate style of prayer? The Bible itself includes a wide variety of styles. Peter begged. Jeremiah stood upright. Nehemiah sat. Abraham go down before him to the ground and Elijah had put his face between his knees. Mary prayed in the form of poetry and Paul fell outside corners in their prayers.

The example of Christ:

Jesus knew that he was near the physical death. The death did not horrified, perhaps the reason and the way the guns at - die as a bandit, a person rejected by all (Isaiah 53; Romans 8.15; Galatians 4.6).  Then, after Jesus to cure the incurable, forgive the unforgivable, distressed, curve on the ground of the garden of Getsemani and speaks with God.

"And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me; it is not, however, what I will, but what thou wilt" - Mark 14.36 .

The original text of Mark 14.36 brings the Aramaic word Abba and the Greek word Pater. "Both mean "father".  The words are found three times in the New Testament one beside the other. In addition to the text above, is in Romans 8.15, when Paul makes mention to tell us that the Spirit makes us children of God and fills us with fervor for us to turn to God as Abba Father; and, in Galatians 4.6, says that the Spirit of Christ cries out Abba Father in the heart of Christians.

To understand the term "father" in the Bible, we must be willing to explore the Hebrew culture, different from our own. "Aba", word Aramaic, the original language of Jesus, was used in the circle more intimate of the Jews, was the affectionate expression as the Jewish families in Palestine, at the time of Christ, were the person of the father, especially pronounced by small children when they wanted to say "daddy", or, "my dear father".  The expression reveals relationship respectful friend, fraternal, snare affectionate father to son and son to father.

Christ used the word "Abba" in their prayers and taught his disciples to consider the God Most High and Almighty God as "our beloved father" or "daddy" in a clear allusion to form loving and sincere as God lives with their children. To employ the term Abba Father, Jesus surprised their listeners. The Jews of those days never bringing in employ it in reference to God, since the religiosity that practiced depart from the presence of the Lord, did not feel well to employ a form of treatment as personal.

During the greater part of the story, and in the majority of the world's cultures, parents have been the main figure in the families. Patriarchal societies of antiquity, the father figure is equipped with two particular characteristics. On the one hand, the rules of the father as head of the family and the person to whom respect is due, having absolute authority over his family. On the other hand, has the responsibility to protect, support and help other members. Both of these characteristics are present when a deity is described or treated as a father.

It is observed that, to declare this type of relationship so close with the heavenly Father, Jesus never doubted that God the crush, even though they are in extreme distress.

The persistent prayer and alert is the only way to overcome the temptations (1 Peter 5.8).  The prayer accurately measures the temperature of our relationship with God. He listens, cares for those who draw near to him praying with faith. Prayer is the time in which the human spirit became entwined with the Spirit of the Eternal Father.
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See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1John 3:1):


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