Thursday, March 8, 2018
Read Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)
9“This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread.12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.b
THE LORD’S PRAYER (v.9)
In this passage Jesus teaches us a way to converse with our heavenly Father. Each verse notes an important aspect worth of consideration for our conversation with him.
Verse 9 reminds us first that God is “our” Father, that “we” are together his children and together we seek his hand of good upon us. We are all equal before our infinitely good and loving Father. Secondly, we are reminded that he is in heaven. That is not to say he is not present with us and somewhere else, because God is omnipresent – everywhere at all times. Rather, it denotes that he is separate, distinct, and uniquely different from us. “Heaven” here speaks to the reality that he transcends our earthly realm and sits above the limits of the time-space continuum of our earthly existence. Thirdly “hollowed” or holy is your name, reminds us that God is gloriously beautiful and perfect and pure in every way. This acknowledges his infinite worth, splendor and majesty before we say more.
On the one hand the Lord’s Prayer begins with the solemn reminder of God’s awesomeness, and on the other hand reminds us that he is accessible to us. It is the paradox of the Almighty being accessible to all his children.
We have an invitation from The Son of God to have a conversation with Almighty God the Father, our loving, welcoming Father, who breathed the cosmos into existence and set billions of stars and planets in orbit in the galaxies. That God invites us to talk to him because he loves us. Does that not blow your mind?!
Father, thank you for welcoming me and my words, but for now I simply want to sit here and contemplate the enormity of your glory. AMEN.