Yesterday (at FBCSA) we spoke of parents. We considered the courageous promises that we must make so as to fulfill our duties to God and our children. Did the Spirit of God speak to you, calling new commitments from your heart? Today we reverse the image and think of ourselves as a children. Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “Our Father”. It is only true for those who have been born again. The Bible gives testimony to the “spirit of adoption” (Romans 8 ) by which a person becomes a child of God. “No man has a right to claim God as his Father unless he believes, solemnly, that he has been adopted. . .He has been taken out of the old family, into which he was born, washed, cleansed, given a new name and a new spirit.” (Charles Spurgeon) All prayer rises or falls on this truth. If we have been adopted, the Father will turn His great heart toward us as we pray.