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Gratitude Challenge – Approaching Your Father

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6, NIV

Cary had never been close to her father. Her dad provided for the family but rarely engaged with them. This emotional abandonment left Cary to question what the role of a loving father looked like.

The confusion bled over into her spiritual life and, while Cary loved God, she didn’t feel engaged with Him. She was afraid to ask God for anything or bring her hard questions to Him for fear she’d be rejected.

But that changed for Cary in college when her softball coach took her under his wing. For the first time, she experienced the deep and rich love of a father figure. Cary learned that she could approach her coach for guidance when she needed help in any area of her life.

The closer Cary grew to her coach, the more she learned about the true nature of God. She discovered that God delights in hearing our requests and longs for His children to come to Him.

You may also be unsure of how God views you. You may be afraid to “bug” God and think you can’t approach Him. However, God is eagerly waiting for you to step into His presence and share your pressing concerns with Him because He is only the One that can turn the situation around!

Prayer

God, I’m not always sure how to approach You, but I know I want You to be a part of my life. I thank You for the reminder that You are always approachable. Show me what a kind, loving father You are. Help me learn to bring every situation to You for guidance. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!

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