Jesus used it when he was in the Garden of Gethsemane, facing what he knew would be a painful death. He called out to his daddy like a child would when facing monsters. Daddy, help me! Make it go away!
Paul said it too. The Apostle Paul, the one who used to kill the very people who called on Abba, became one who called on Abba and encouraged those he once persecuted to continue to call on Abba. He said - the one who once killed and persecuted those who believed in Abba - he said that those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. He said that when we became sons of God we did not receive a spirit that makes us a slave to fear but we received the Spirit of sonship. He said if we were God's children we are heirs - heirs of God and coheirs with Christ - the One who indeed, called out to Abba, Father in His suffering.
There was no worry about being macho with these two men. They faced suffering. They faced fear. They faced pain. They faced death. When faced with those things, they called out to the tender Abba daddy who could hear their cries for strength to drink the cup of suffering they were being given. Jesus knew his daddy was big enough to take away the monsters but He also knew that His daddy was giving him what he needed to face the monsters himself.
He cried out to His Abba. He cried out to His daddy and begged for the monsters to be taken away but submitted to not His will, but to his Abba's will.
Daddy, you're big enough to take these monsters away, please take them away. But not what I will, but what you will.
This Abba that He cried out to is the same Abba standing at the ready waiting for you to cry out to Him. It's ok to beg Him to take away the monsters. You'd be wrong not to ask Him to, that's what good daddies do..they scare away the monsters.
A is for Abba.
Thoughts to chew on:
1. Do you have a hard time picturing Jesus afraid? Why or why not?
2. What fears do you have that you feel inspired to cry out to Abba to chase away?
3. If you don't or can't see God as Abba, your endearing dad, won't you ask Him to show Himself to you that way.