21st July 2017

ABBA FATHER

Romans 8:14-17

 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Last weekend we had an amazing time at our prayer rally in the Adelaide Hills.  Whilst we were there a miracle took place.  Some of our Pitjantjatjarra Indigenous people were crying out to the Lord in repentance.  Our Chinese intercessor who knows no Pitjantjatjarra began praying in English after them empowered by the Holy Spirit.  Several of the Pitjantjatjara people who have good English and Pitjantjatjara testified that the words he said were in line with what the women had been praying.  They were praying together in one Spirit.  It is significant that the theme this year for NAIDOC week is language.  We witnessed the truth that God knows Pitjantjatjara.

Our reading today from Romans speaks about the Holy Spirit leading us not into fear but rather into relationship with the Father as His children.  By the Holy Spirit we can cry out “Abba, Father” and know that we belong to God as his children. The Holy Spirit witnesses with our own Spirit that we are God’s children.  Our miracle last week showed the truth of this.  As the Holy Spirit translated their own cries to the Lord, the Anangu people knew that the Lord knew their language.  They became open to receive more of God’s love as their Father.  Deep was calling to deep. 

Some of us have children and loved ones who are far from the Lord.  We have prayed for them for years.  Our reading today gives us hope that the Holy Spirit himself can speak the language of love that our loved one needs to hear so that they can know the reality of God’s love.  The Holy Spirit can even break through this new generation that seems to speak another internet and social media language.  By His grace they can hear the good news that they are forgiven through the precious blood of Jesus Christ.   There is only one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one Baptism  and one God and Father of all. 

Let us praise the Lord that his love extends to all people, to all who would receive the gift of grace of His son.   Deep is truly calling to deep. 

Heavenly Father,  thank you so much that through Jesus Christ our Lord, and by the gift of the Holy Spirit we can call you Abba, Father.  Thank you that you meet people right where they are no matter what culture. Thank you that you speak all languages and that your Holy Spirit can testify with our own spirits that we are your children.  In Jesus’ mighty name we pray for a gift of language for all our loved ones who are far from you.  We pray that the Holy Spirit would speak to them of the wonders of your love through Jesus Christ  in a language that they know.  May deep call to deep for your glory in their lives.  

Prayer needed for audio translation of Pitjantjatjarra New Testament. 

Whilst we were at our prayer rally in Adelaide last weekend we had the great privelege of having Paul Eckert from Bible Society come and talk with us about the Audio Bible Recordings that are taking place over the next six weeks in Adelaide. A couple of the translators also attended. The whole of the New Testament will be recorded in audio format.  This is wonderful for Pitjantjatjara people because there are many who do not read well but are thirsty for the Word of God.  Please pray for this important work.  The recordings will happen in a house in Adelaide where the Indigenous translators will come and stay.  The recorders will be working from 9 am – 9 pm at night.  Please pray that the Word of God would become alive for all the readers and the listeners in the future. 

“Prominently acknowledging NAIDOC Week with a bright shirt emblazoned with this year’s theme “Our languages matter”, the Ernabella women conveyed their joy about and commitment to helping translate the entire Bible into Pitjantjatjara.”  Eternity Magazine  4th July.