For you did not receive the spirit of bondage
again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out,
“Abba, Father.” (Rom 8:15)
I recently faced issues that I had
never faced and dealt with responsibilities far beyond my abilities. Things had
gotten very stressful and I didn’t know what to do. I was so afraid and
helpless that I just lay down on the floor of my apartment and moped.
Then I thought, “Maybe I should
pray.” So I started praying in spirit. I told God that I didn’t know what to do
anymore. Everything was just too hard. I didn’t have strength. I was scared. I
wanted to run away.
As I prayed, I felt the warmth of
the Holy Spirit comfort me. The longer I prayed, the more comforted I was. The
fear in me began to dissipate and was replaced by a feeling of hope. I started
remembering all that God had done for me in the past.
Even though the problems and
challenges still existed, I knew everything was going to be all right. God is my Father and He will take care of
me. My worries faded and all I desired to do was to please my Father.
Before I prayed, I was afraid of
many things. But as I prayed, my soul was calmed and quieted. I was completely
Romans 8:15 tells us that the
promised Holy Spirit we receive is the Spirit of adoption. This Spirit “bears
witness…that we are children of God” (Rom 8:16). Thus, when we pray in spirit,
we are certain that we are God’s children. We are not orphans. We are not
lonely because God is with us. We are not afraid because God will help us.
If we have ever felt alone, if we
don't know what to do, or if we forget who we are, let us not forget that we
can pray. For the spirit we receive is not the spirit of bondage to fear, but
God’s Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
Question for Reflection:
Do you cry out in prayer to your heavenly