“So [Jesus] said, “When you pray, say, Father, reveal who you are.
Set the world right.”
Luke 11: 2, MSG
There’s a lot wrong in the world. Sometimes there is a lot wrong in our worlds. For some of us, it’s hard to pay attention—true attention—to the world around us when our personal lives are imploding. Others of us would rather push our own heartaches aside and only deal with the outside world’s politics, problems, and pain.
How do you deal with problems—those directly and immediately impacting your very personal world and those that are a little more distant?
Do you worry?
Do you control?
Do you try eighteen different ways to make it better?
Do you pray?
Do you rally your troops?
Do you do some combination of the above?
If you’ve been exposed to church, you’ve probably heard of “The Lord’s Prayer.” Many versions begin with, “Our Father, who is in Heaven, hallowed be Your name.” Reading in this vernacular, it feels a little distant sometimes, as though God is unreachable, untouchable. But if Jesus is using this to teach us how to pray, He must see value in it. He came to make access to God easier, not harder. The Message version you read at the very beginning of today’s devotional helps us hear Jesus’ heart: Ask God to show you who He is. Tell Him what you want to see.
Never, ever does God want us to think we’re supposed to solve the world’s problems or our own problems by ourselves. Often we need God to reveal who He is to us so we have clarity about our circumstances. If we view God as a punishing God, we will often view our problems as a form of punishment. If we view God as loving, we will often view our problems with hope of overcoming them—and learning something valuable along the way.
How do you view God? How does this view affect how/when/why you pray?
Jesus, help me to pray and then watch You reveal Yourself to me. Help me to know You so I can better understand the world around me. Amen.