Read Matthew 6:9-13 NIV (Emphasis on vs. 9)
“This, then, is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
We have spent the last few weeks at Cross Creek working through the Lord’s Prayer as a model for the manner in which we ought to approach prayer. For the rest of the week we will take some bite-sized pieces of the prayer as Jesus instructed His followers to pray, and focus on centering our own prayer for the day in that direction. Today we will focus on verse 9 acknowledging who God is and His glory.
9 This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name’
You are so good. In creation You showed us Your great love as You carefully, purposely, and beautifully created all that we see and experience. From the clean white blanket of a fresh covering of snow, the first songs of the birds in the spring, the warmth of a summer breeze along the trees, and the provision of a harvest in the fall – Your handiwork sings of Your power and goodness! Your words reveal truth and Your actions are just, yet filled with more grace and mercy than our minds can take in. We are humbled by Your love and holiness today. We come with our hearts in a posture of reverence and surrender, to a God who is both personal and powerful. Thank You. We love You. Amen.