The Lord’s Prayer
I grew up praying the “Our Father” or “The Lord’s Prayer”. The repetition caused the words to lose some of their significance.
In the last few years I’ve been struck by the wisdom and power found in this prayer that Jesus modeled for us. Of the many wonderful petitions and phrases in the Lord’s prayer, I’ve been especially drawn to the beginning of the prayer. “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
I love to think of God’s kingdom expanding on the earth as the gospel is proclaimed. Dawn and I pray that this will be true of the border.
Lately we have also been praying through our present trial.
Our Plea to Our Heavenly Father
We pray the Lord’s prayer, Jesus’ words:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. —Matthew 6:9,10 (ESV)
Dawn and I find it helpful and uplifting to pray the Lord’s prayer, then to add. “there is no sickness in heaven (we usually mention a specific sickness or ailment we have, or a family member has) so we pray that you will bring healing.”
I find it comforting to know that one day there will be no more pain and suffering. It is also consoling to realize that God brings some of heaven to earth. We long to see heaven realized.
There is Healing in His Wings
God is at work in some amazing ways. We know he is the God who heals.
We are also learning that when something bad happens to us we can look for him to do a good work, so that grace renewal stories begin to take place.
One example of this is that while we’ve been visiting the hospital over the last week, Dawn has had numerous opportunities to share her faith. Two people have prayed to receive Christ. Others have been encouraged, and the light of the gospel is going out in a place where there is much despair .
Praise God for his good work.
In His Loving Grip, Dave