After a week filled with challenges that hit the core of who I am, I know how easy it is to question if God cares. I have been blessed by reading the devotionals like In Touch written by Dr. Charles Stanley. The devotional for Monday, April 29, reminds us of God’s love in difficulties. “This (Colossians 3:3) speaks of our eternal security and also gives us a sense of safety since nothing comes our way without passing through God’s hands.”
Wow! I still struggle counting trials joy, but God is hard at work lovingly choosing what I need to grow and mature. I don’t pretend to understand how the pain of difficulty specifically works in my life, but God does.
My Abba loves me. He wants me to come to Him in prayer and see how much He cares.
Jesus’ Example Prayer shows us how much God cares. The Greek word used at the beginning of this prayer is “Abba”. This word is a personal term – the same as a child saying, “Daddy”. God is a loving father who wants us to talk to Him. He sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins (something we should remember all year – not only Easter weekend). This is a love too great to fully comprehend. However, I will keep trying. God is so good.
If you don’t understand what my blog (or this post) is about, please ask me. I would be thrilled to share with you what I have learned about God. He is real. He is true. My beliefs don’t mean anything unless they have a solid foundation. God is that foundation. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be happy to talk to you.
I have talked about prayer in most of my blog posts this year. Prayer is something God is teaching me to do more. I spent several weeks talking about what we often call the Lord’s Prayer. It can be found in Matthew 6 and Luke 11. We call it the Lord’s Prayer because Jesus prayed it. However, it would be better titled either the Model Prayer or the Disciples’ Prayer. This is an example of how we should pray.
I was reminded that Jesus’ Model Prayer has much depth. It is possible to go through the prayer again and find new treasures. God gives us so much.
Any time we study verses in the Bible, we should look at the complete context. Jesus Model Prayer is great to read alone, but we should look at the verses around it as well. Matthew 6 reminds us that we need to live for God and not our own purposes. Some want to do good things and pray to be seen by others. Jesus told His disciples that we should do these things without others noticing. That can be hard to do. However, as we seek to draw closer to Jesus, prayer will give us something better than the praise of men. We will draw closer to Christ and become more like Him. There is no better goal. No greater fulfillment.
As humans we like to be accepted. This gives us a feeling of belonging. The challenge comes in when we look for acceptance in the wrong place. The only acceptance that is worthwhile is God’s. His way is perfect (Psalm 18:30). The Psalmist prays that his words and thoughts would be acceptable to God. We should too.