“Abba, Father”: Romans 8.15-27
Praying in the Spirit – Part 2

“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth.” John 14:16–17
“When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:13–14 NIV11)
“And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:22 NIV11)

  1. “Abba”
    A Christian is someone who wants God
    “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” Jn 14:23
    Matt 6 – hypocrites pray to be seen
  2. “Father”
    Not starting with “Lord” etc.
    God honours you as if you have done everything Jesus has done
    Start with “Our father” to remember your position

What do each of these four points mean for you & your ‘group’?

We – communal
Cry – real
Abba – relationship
Father – safe

How will you adjust the way you pray as a result of what the Spirit has made possible?
Suggestion: Use Romans 8.15 as a prayer frame for a week – “We cry, “Abba, Father.””

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PS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John