The Abba Experience

Is your own prayer life characterized by the simplicity, child-like candor, boundless trust and easy familiarity of a little one that has crawled into her father’s lap? Discover how to experience and personalize your Abba Father’s love for you in this message from former Franciscan priest Brennan Manning. This was recorded from Hilltop Urban Church in Wichita, Kansas in 2006.

‘Abba, Father!’ he said, ‘For you everything is possible. Take this cup away from me. But let it be as you, not I, would have it.’

— Mark 14:36 (NJB)

All who are guided by the Spirit of God are sons of God; for what you received was not the spirit of slavery to bring you back into fear; you received the Spirit of adoption, enabling us to cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’

The Spirit himself joins with our spirit to bear witness that we are children of God.

And if we are children, then we are heirs, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ, provided that we share his suffering, so as to share his glory.

— Romans 8:14-17 (NJB)

As you are sons, God has sent into our hearts the Spirit of his Son crying, ‘Abba, Father’; and so you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir, by God’s own act.

— Galatians 4:6-7 (NJB)

Brennan Manning
About The Author
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Brennan Manning was a Franciscan priest, traveling evangelist, prolific author and radical grace legend. He was known as a fierce advocate for the marginalized, poor and church-abused.

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