Today's Verse: Romans 8:15

Sunday, August 15, 2004

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."
— Romans 8:15

Thoughts on Today's Verse...

God is so holy, so mighty, so awesome, and yet he bids us to call him "Abba Father." Abba was a term of endearment, familiarity, dependency, and love used by Jewish toddlers to address their fathers. God, through the incredible gift of his Holy Spirit in us, has given us this ultimate gift of availability, love, companionship, protection, and mighty care. Abba! Sweet Abba Father! My God, my Lord, the Sovereign ruler of heaven's armies and Creator of the universe is also my Abba!

My Prayer...

Abba Father, thank you for being so close and yet so mighty, so accessible and yet so holy, so tender and yet so trustworthy. Thank you, dear Abba, for allowing me to come to you as your loving child. In Jesus' name and by the power of the Holy Spirit I pray. Amen.

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Illustration of Romans 8:15 — For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."

About This Devotional

Today's Verse is a free daily devotional that includes a Bible verse, thought and prayer.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware.

All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.