In Galatians 4:6 Paul writes, “God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’ In Romans 8, Paul describes the crying of the Spirit as “groanings which cannot be uttered.” So why did Paul use an Aramaic idiomatic phrase to Greek-speaking Galatians who likely didn’t know Aramaic, which was the common language of Palestine? In Mark 14:36, when Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus used it calling out to his Father.
We have inherited the rights of Jesus as his sons and can approach God with this closeness and intimacy. Do you approach God as your Father? What can you change today to help you develop intimacy in your relationship with him?
Father, when words escape us, thank you that we can come confidently to you with the heaviness of our hearts and cry Abba and the Spirit intercedes on our behalf. Amen.