A devotion based on Romans 8:15.
In this passage, Paul is describing the identity of the Christian. One of the things essential for the Christian is the Holy Spirit. But the Holy Spirit is not an idle entity. According to Paul, one of the roles of the Holy Spirit is to testify to our adoption as children of God. Paul is very specific about the details of this. The Spirit enables us to pray, “Abba, Father.” This is the same prayer that Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. By our adoption, we receive a taste of the relationship between Jesus and the Father.
This is a very important passage because the truth is that we do not always feel like we are children of God. Our thoughts and actions may testify against our adoption but the Holy Spirit testifies for our adoption. We are children of God whether we feel like it or not. Not only that, we are children even in our darkest moments. That is why the Spirit helps us to pray the way Jesus prayed in his darkest moment.