Devotion for Monday, April 22, 2024

“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father, who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven’” (Matthew 6:9).

Your Father and not some distant figure.  Your father is to be hallowed.  Do you look to the Lord and trust Him?  Do you look to the Lord and revere Him?  His kingdom is in your heart.  He desires to do His will through you.  He wants you to learn to do things here and now as you will do them in heaven.  He has chosen to partner with you in the adventure of making you to be like Christ.

Lord, I often take these things so seriously.  Yes, they are important.  More important than anything, but I do not need to be driven.  Guide me to live a full life, which includes the joy You give in everyday life.  Lead me according to Your goodness and mercy to live with You Father, seeking to do Your will on earth the way I will do it in heaven and looking forward to Your kingdom coming within me.

Lord Jesus, with such power and simplicity, You have given us words that never stop resonating the truth of eternity.  I still need to learn more fully this prayer You have taught me.  Lead me daily to understand that my faith is way too important for me to think I can do it on my own.  Help me to live by faith in the truths You have revealed and to be guided by the Holy Spirit which You have breathed into me.  Amen.