Today's Reading: Matthew 6: 9-15
K E Y V E R S E S:
"Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your name," Mt6:9
"For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise" 1 Ch 16:25
This week we will be focusing on prayer and what a great place to start! This passage in Matthew 6 contains the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray, sometimes called the Lord's prayer. Many of us recited this at school growing up and it may have become simply a string of words. It is so much more than that - when the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, He gave them (and us!) this beautiful pattern for prayer, and it all starts with praise! Jesus started by worshipping God for who he is. As we declare who God is, we become filled with awe and wonder, we become overwhelmed at how powerful He is. He is the object of our love, our wonder, our worship, and dwelling on His awesome character makes us want to spend more and more time in His presence. I don't know about you, but when I have spent time declaring who God is, my soul rejoices, and I feel like I can take on the world. I know that I no longer have to fight my battles on my own but I have the King of Kings and Lord of Lords fighting with me. The things that before seemed like huge obstacles, feel more manageable when they are viewed in comparison with the greatness of God.
"With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible"
• Look up some bible verses declaring who God is e.g. God is Faithful (1 Cor 10:13), God is Merciful (Eph 2:4), God is Holy and Perfect (Deut 32:4) Why not write these down or be creative as a couple or family and make a picture or collage with the attributes of God.
• Play some worship songs that declare who God is and worship Him together.