You Are Not Alone
A Strong Anchor
It is important to have an anchor in life. What is the anchor? The anchor is what holds us together no matter how strong the wind may be. A boat with a strong anchor will not be drifted away even though there is a strong wind.
In the same way, when we have a strong anchor in life, we will not be drifted away when life's storms hit us.
Last week, I received very difficult phone calls from all kinds of people. A person who just discovered she had cancer. A person whose marriage almost ended. A person who has a serious issue with her child. It all happened in one week. Life is not easy. Our circumstances are not always good and stable.
I prayed for them. Do you know what I prayed for? Of course, I prayed for their problems to be resolved. But I also I prayed that they may have a strong anchor. I don't know how they are gonna handle all these problems they are facing right now. I felt for them. They need an anchor.
What is the anchor in your life? What is one thing that holds your life together? For me, the anchor that holds my life together is the fact that I am a child of God. Whenever I face problems, I remind myself that I am a child of God. Yes, that is our anchor. You are a precious daughter of God. You are a precious son of God.
God will never give up his children like no parents will give up their child.
That was what Isaiah saw.
But Zion said, The Lord has forsaken me, my Lord has forgotten me.' Can a woman forget her nursing-child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. (Isaiah 49:14, 15)
God will never forget his precious child.
That was what St. Paul realized in his life.
When we cry, Abba! Father!' it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are CHILDREN OF GOD (Romans 8:15, 16)
Abba is an Aramaic word and it means father. When you call father in a very intimate way, you use Abba. It's like daddy, , Papa. But it's more than that.
Only three times, you see this expression in the New Testament. Here, and Galatians, and Jesus' prayer in Gethsemane in Mark.
He said, Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.' (Mark 14:36)
So it is an intimate way of calling a father but not a childish way of calling a father. Behind calling God as Abba, there is deep spirituality of total dependence. It is like a helpless child calling out her parents, totally depending on them. That was how Jesus used Abba. He had his own wishes but he left his life totally in God's hands.
The Spirit Cries Out
It is a desperate child calling out the father.
St. Paul used this expression.
When we CRY Abba Father.'(Romans 8:15)
It's like crying out from suffering, crying out for God's helping hands. There is somebody TO WHOM we can cry out. You know what? When we cry out, the SPIRIT also CRIES OUT for us.
You are not alone. The Spirit is with you. Recognizing that the Spirit is with you is the beginning of spiritual life. The Spirit cries out with you when you cry out.
A little later in the same chapter, Paul talks about what the Spirit does more specifically within you
He said this.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26, 27)
The Spirit cries out when you cry out. When we feel helpless, the Spirit helps us. When we don't know how to pray, the Spirit prays for us. WE DON'T KNOW HOW TO PRAY - this does not mean that we don't know mechanically how to pray. It means we are so deeply saddened, so overwhelmed by our problems, so helpless that we don't even know how to pray. When we see no way out, when the darkness is too dark, and when we see no future, so we don't even know where to start, that is when we don't know how to pray. That is what St. Paul is talking about.
Life With The Spirit
When we have no strength left in us even to pray, the only thing that comes out of our mouth is sigh. Karl Marx was not very favourable with the religion. He said that religion is the opium of the people. But he also said right after that, religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature. Yes, he saw it right. Religion is the sigh of the