In his classic devotionals "Morning by Morning", Charles Haddon Spurgeon's penned words have been a source of spiritual growth and encouragement for about a century. The mere mention of his name evokes a mental image of a "spiritual superstar" the likes of which most of us would never dream of becoming. Yet at the same time, C.H. Spurgeon's writings are easy for us to relate to; for while he truly was a spiritual giant of a man, he was also a man of the people. When I read Spurgeon, I come away comforted by the knowledge that here was a man who would have been able to relate to my life.
Below is a quot4e taken from the March 22nd daily devotion, based on Matthew 26:39 (when Jesus was praying in Gethsemane).
~ "His (Jesus') prayer also was a 'filial prayer', prayer befitting a son or a child of the Father. He prayed, 'Abba, Father,' (Mark 14:36). By pleading your adoption as His child, you will find a fortress of protection through your times of trial. If you were simply a subject of His, all your rights would long ago have been forfeited due to your treason, but nothing can forfeit a child's right to his father's protection. So do not be afraid to say, 'My Father' (Matthew 26:39), 'hear my cry ... listen to my prayer' (Psalm 61:1)" ~
I am no Spurgeon, and I am most certainly not a theologian. Most of what I know I have "gleaned" from those who have gone before me or from sitting under good teaching with an open heart to hear from the Lord. There truly is nothing I can add to the above quote that would do anything but muddy the waters. So let me end this post by saying ...
Be Encouraged, Homeschooling Mother! The Lord Himself is your Abba Father, and He will hear your cry, listening to your prayer!
Day 86 done :)
Jan L. Burt