“Abba, Father”: Romans 8.15-27

Aug 14, 05:00 PM
“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”
  • dadda 
  • 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’?

  1. We - communal
  2. Cry - real
  3. Abba - relationship
  4. 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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