For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
— Romans 8:15 (KJV)
Thoughts on Today's Verse...
How revolutionary. Just as Jesus prayed to God addressing him as "Abba Father," we too can speak so frankly and openly with God. "Ab-ba" are some of the earliest syllables babies spoke. The word "Abba" was used by very young children to speak intimately, respectfully, and openly with their earthly fathers. The Holy Spirit gives us that same privilege as God's children. We can call the Creator of the universe, the Great God of Israel, the Father of all peoples, the Almighty of eternity, Abba! Incredible.
Abba Father, thank you for your presence within me through your Holy Spirit. Thank you for letting me address you with such familiarity and boldness, such respect and dependency. Thank you for being my Heavenly Father for eternity. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Other Devotionals from Heartlight for Monday, March 21, 2005