Throw-Back Thursday #1 : Abba, I Belong to You

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Today, I decided to jump on the “Throw-Back Thursday” bandwagon and repost a blog entry from my first blog.  I wrote this post in September 2010. I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for almost six years now! So, from time to time, I may post other “throw-backs.” We’ll just see how this goes.

Today, though, I chose this blog entry for a specific reason. I have a friend who asked me to pray for her this morning. Her prayer request reminded me of this simple five word prayer:

Abba, I belong to You.

I thought others may appreciate reading about this seven syllable prayer too! So here we go:

Drink of these words of David, the servant of the LORD, from Psalm 36: 5-9 NIV:

Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens,
Your faithfulness to the skies
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains
Your justice like the great deep.
O LORD, you preserve both man and beast
How priceless is your unfailing love!
Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house.
You give them drink from your river of delights
For with you is the fountain of life;
In your light we see light.

I think I read these words about 20 different times today.

Third Day sings these lyrics, in fact I had them in my head as  I reread the Psalm…

Your love, oh Lord
Reaches to the heavens
Your faithfulness stretches to the sky
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains
Your justice flows like the ocean’s tide
I will lift my voice
To worship You, my King
I will find my strength
In the shadow of your wings 

I’m reading Brennan Manning’s book, The Wisdom of Tenderness. It’s a beautiful book about the love of our God. In it, Manning writes about a word of exhortation he gave to a seventy-eight year old nun who was suffering severely from a painful secret from her past. Manning recognized that she needed the loving touch and assurance of Abba, her Father.

This is what Manning says, “Sister, would you be willing to go off to a quiet place every morning for the next month, sit down in a chair, close your eyes, upturn your palms, and pray this one phrase over and over: ‘Abba, I belong to you’?”

“She looked skeptical. So I explained further. “It’s a prayer of exactly seven syllables. The seven syllables correspond perfectly to the rhythm of our breathing. Inhale on Abba; exhale on I belong to you. At the outset, you’ll say it with your lips alone, but as your mind becomes conscious of the meaning, you’ll begin to push your head down into your heart in a figurative sense, so that ‘Abba, I belong to you’ becomes what the French call un cri de couer, a heartfelt cry from the depth of your being, establishing who you are , why you’re here, and where you’re going.”

When I read today’s psalm it blended perfectly with Manning’s seven syllable prayer. Abba’s love for us reaches to the heavens and His faithfulness to the skies. His precious Son Jesus is our fountain of life.  Jesus brings us into His presence of light, grace, truth, and love.The Spirit of Abba is poured lavishly upon us through His son Jesus.

Since I read that seven syllable prayer, I’ve been praying it throughout the day. Abba, I belong to you. As I do so, I have been praying for some friends and family members too. Abba, __________belongs to you. It’s a pretty, powerful prayer. Coupled with the five verses from Psalm 36, I am overwhelmed by the love of my Father, my Abba.

Would you try it?

It’s a great little prayer to pray this week. In the car. At the store. In school. On the bleachers. On a chair. Inside. Outside. Anywhere. It’s simple. Read Psalm 36:5-9 too. Drink from Abba Father’s river of delights and find refuge in the shadow of His wings. It will be a priceless time of experiencing the unfailing love of Abba, your Father, the presence of Jesus, your Friend, and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Inhale…Abba, 
Exhale…we belong to you.

Oh, and what about the 78 year old nun? Well, she said this after praying her seven syllable prayer for a month, “A year ago, I would have signed this letter to you with my real name in religious life, Sister Mary Genevieve, but from now on, I’m Daddy’s little girl. He’s my Abba Father.”

 

First Published on September 9, 2010 on www.insteadbless.blogspot.com

 

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  1. Abba, I belong to you! I am going to make this my prayer for the next 30 days. Since I recently began reading your blog I have missed some of your previous “jewel” entries. Thanks for sharing this one again!

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