Confidence or fear?

By Dave Henning / December 17, 2014

“For we who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.  The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.  And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”- Romans 8:14-16

As Timothy Keller continues Chapter 5 of Prayer, he notes that St. Paul tells us the Holy Spirit fills believers with confidence in God’s loving attention- just as a little child shows trust toward a parent.  The Holy Spirit leads us to cry,”Abba, Father.”  The author adds that the Greek word for cry is krazdo– meaning a loud, fervent cry.

Biblical scholar C. E. B. Canfield observes that Jesus’ adoption of that phrase into his own private prayer life in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:36) authorized His disciples to address God in this way, giving them a share in His relationship to God.  Thus God responds to our cries with the intense love and care of a parent responding to their child’s pain.  Put another way, Pastor Keller states, “the Holy Spirit gives us a confident faith that turns naturally into prayer.”  We must pray with confidence, not fear.

Today’s question: At this stage of your desert, transformational journey, how confident are you in God’s loving attention?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Total access”

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