“Certainly, all who are guided by God’s Spirit are God’s children. You haven’t received the spirit of slaves that leads you into fear again. Instead, you have received the spirit of God’s adopted children by which we call out, “Abba! Father!”” Romans 8:14-15 (GW)
We know it in our heads, but do we experience it in our hearts? We say it, but do we mean it?
- God is love!
- God loves me unconditionally!
- God loves me so much that I can confidently bring my needs to God!
But how do we get these phrases — these statements of truth — into our everyday experience? How can we experience the freedom from fear that allows us to run boldly into his presence with our needs?
Did you see the recent movie Lincoln? As I watched the movie, I was taken by Lincoln’s legislative struggle to abolish slavery during the turmoil of the American Civil War. I was inspired by Lincoln’s resolve to push the agenda forward against all odds. But something else struck me that had no real purpose in the movie other than dramatizing what was true about Lincoln during his time as president of the United States. Lincoln’s youngest son, Tad, had unlimited, open access to his father.
The same is true for those who are the children of God. We are sons and daughters! God is our loving Father! Instead of being fearful, we have the confidence of children who are loved by their “Daddy” (“Abba”). And we have unlimited, open access to our heavenly Father who loves and cares for us. Consequently, we can come into his presence with confidence and ask for him to meet our needs.
You are a son of God…a daughter of God. You’re loved unconditionally. You can go to God and say, “Daddy, please, listen to me and my needs.” And, guess what? He does, and he responds in a gracious and loving way to meet the deepest needs of our lives. This is his promise:
“So we can go confidently to the throne of God’s kindness to receive mercy and find kindness, which will help us at the right time”. Hebrews 4:16 (GW)
So, instead of wondering whether God has time, or thinking that God is busy doing something more important, we can boldly come to God in prayer — any time about any need — and know that God is available, he is listening, and he is ready to care for our needs.