Monday, October 19, 2009

Today's Devotional Scripture

Jesus said, "You should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, help us to honor your name."
Matthew 6:9
Thoughts on today's verse...
One of the reasons it's important for us to talk to God is that prayer implies trust. It's our way of saying to God:
  • I believe you are in control.
  • I believe you love me.
  • I believe you make everything work out for good no matter how things may appear.
Even the very first words of the prayer Jesus taught his followers were, "Our Father." And doesn't that imply an intimate relationship? An invitation to come as a child and curl up on our Father's lap and tell Him all about it.

Once again, in my mind's eye, I see a little girl, not more than a toddler, dressed in her denim bib overalls with blond pigtails struggling to climb into her daddy's lap. As she struggles, her daddy reaches down to help her into his lap and once there, she buries her head in his chest. It is a place of comfort and trust. A place where she can relax and fall asleep if she so desires. She is with her Daddy... her Abba... her Pappa... her Father.

Sometimes when we approach God, it's as if we treat him like he's our boss, apologizing for being late or not quite "on task." So tell me, when was the last time you curled up in your boss's arms and shared your heart? You get the picture.

With God as our Father, we are invited into a relationship of absolute trust and to draw close and near to our Father's heart. And that is intimacy at it's finest.
My prayer...
Abba... Daddy... Pappa... may my trust grow more and more as I draw close to Your heart. As I spend time in Your presence, may my trust grow, even when things don't go as I've planned. Oh Daddy... let me rest in the bosom of your care. In Jesus' name ~Amen!

Yours, because we're His,