Daily Devotional

August 20, 2019

What’s in a Name?

Romans 8:15
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.”


Written by: John Esposito

What we call each other in our relationships often indicates the level of intimacy we have with one another. For me, those that are business associates or casual friends generally call me by my proper name—John. But those who know me intimately, like family members or very close friends, call me Johnny. The more informal version shows a certain level of comfort and intimacy.

In Romans 8:15, the scriptures call us adopted kids of our “Abba, Father.” The level of love and intimacy portrayed here is that of a child and their daddy. To think the mighty God of the universe can be called upon by a term of endearment—Daddy—is indeed very comforting. My Daddy loves me and is interested in all areas of my life. He loves intimate conversations through prayers, worship, and praise. He loves to hear us call Him Daddy and desires intimate time with us on a daily basis.

Devo Relationships 8.20Thought of the day: Think about the special names you share with your spouse, family members, and close friends. Meditate on the thoughts of joy and intimacy that come when you say or are called by those names.

Prayer: Father, hallowed be Your name. I praise You and thank You for calling me Your child, having adopted me into Your family. Thank You for being my Daddy, who I can share my most intimate thoughts and needs with. Amen.

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