Abba – New Testament Thursday
“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. The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”
-Romans 8: 15-16
Tuesday night I was watching one of the few TV shows I watch NCIS (I am primarily a news and sports viewer). One of the main characters left the show because suddenly he found out he had a daughter and the mother never told him about the child. The child was being raised in Israel and when she saw a picture of her parents she pointed at him and said “Abba.”
This is what Jesus said when he prayed. Jesus opened new ways of understanding many things with His life and also so in His teaching on prayer. One way is with the way He spoke to God the Father as Abba Father. We have many words in the English language for father. Maybe the most common alternate is Dad. This term has more of a personal relationship than the formal name father. When Jesus prayed He used Abba as a way of speaking to God. Abba is the Aramaic way of saying something in between father and dad. It has the sense of being very personal and powerful. What can a child ask of their dad? They can ask for almost anything they know and trust that dad will get them something good.
As stated in Romans 8 above, we do not have to have a sense of fear when praying, but the confidence of a child seeking his Dad and asking for help. This relationship is a big part of what makes us able to be bold in prayer. Kids can do that with their parents because they are so bold, because of the confidence they have in their relationship. We can pray Abba Father, because that is who God our Father is to us in our relationship with Jesus.
In Jesus’ Name, Pastor Dave