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Lisa Duffy’s Daily Reflection

God wants you to have confidence in him. When Jesus was on earth, He taught us how to pray, both in word and example. When He prayed, Jesus referred to the Father in heaven in a term that the Jews were not accustomed to using in prayer. He called the Father, “Abba,” which means “daddy.” Christ was showing us how to approach God in prayer, with the affection and trust that a child has for his daddy. Even when Christ was beginning His passion and went to the Garden of Gethsemane, He walked into the garden, knelt down by the rock and cried, “Abba” (cf. Mark 14:36). In this, your suffering and passion, approach God with confidence and affection, believing He hears you and will help you. 

Life is not just a box of chocolates! That old saying is a quaint way of addressing the surprises of life, but if you believe in the goodness of God, “Abba,” and His desire to lead you and help you, that old adage falls way short of the truth. God doesn’t sit passively up in heaven and watch life hit you from all angles nor does he sit idly by while you struggle to deal with your difficulties. God wants you to come to Him with your sufferings, your concerns, your requests, your desires and plans. He wants you to know that He is waiting for you, every moment of the day and at every turn. And if it is true you should approach God as a trusting child approaches his father, it is even more true that “Abba” will give you what you need. He is waiting for your permission to help you; He is seeking that open heart that welcomes Him in and allows Him to work. Are you open to allowing God to help you? 

So I say to you: Ask, and it will be given to you; search and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; everyone who searches finds; everyone who knocks will have the door opened. – Luke 11: 9-10

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