Daniel 10:12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.
What mother hasn’t tried to make a baby’s first word daddy? Or perhaps momma. The effort is to associate the word to the person and not just parrot words without understanding. A child who calls everything daddy has no understanding.
When that child comes running, hugs my leg and calls me daddy with joy now that is a different matter. It is much the same way in teaching a babe in Christ the meaning of our words. Here is one example.
A teacher was giving the sermon on Sunday. His style in the class room was to ask for the definition of grace. My heartfelt answer was, “The love of God being poured out into my life.” Hands went up all around me by others willing to give the mimic answer, “Unmerited favor.”
Which is better, to be a parrot or to pour out your heart? We all learn words, have them taught to us according to a lesson plan. When God touches your heart, they become real and more than just words.
It is when “Abba Father” is transformed by a heart filled with love into “Daddy”! You will know who He is and how to show Him the love you have for Him. “Thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.”
We can teach anyone the text book meaning of words we use in church. Only God by the power of the Holy Spirit can make them heart felt and real.