Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Listen to the Word
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)
One of the most striking names for God in the Bible is “Abba.” It is an Aramaic word for “father” that was used by small children. The closest equivalent in English would be something like “Daddy” or “Papa.” Nobody had the audacity to use such a word to address the Almighty God until Jesus came along. He regularly used it in prayer. It is an intimate name that emphasizes the tenderness of God’s love for his children and our total dependence on him.
Our Scripture says that when God’s Spirit lives in you, making you God’s child, the Spirit prompts you to pray as Jesus did. You can come to God unashamed and unafraid, knowing that you are his treasured child.
Live the Word
Picture yourself as a small child climbing into the lap of your loving Heavenly Father. Ask him to help you receive his love and feel his embrace.