“Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…” (Matthew 6:9 ESV).
The Challenge and the Verse
If you have read this blog for a while, you are aware of my struggles with depression and chronic pain. Sometimes I think that its hard enough being a Christian without the pain and depression, and wonder why I’ve been entrusted with this particular challenge. Other times I am sincerely grateful that they are all that I have to deal with when others have things far worse.
I suspect that all of us have our own unique challenges. And at one time or another we have all asked God, “why?”. And perhaps, at one time or another, we have all felt as though God had left us all alone to deal with things on our own.
We know intellectually that God will “never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). But sometimes we need to remind ourselves.
This is one of the main reasons for this challenge, mindfully reminding ourselves throughout each day that He is with us. And not only is He with us, but He cares for us.
And once we understand how much He loves us, who once stood in defiance of Him, we should come to reverence Him above all else. Yes, He is Abba (Daddy) Father. Yes, He is approachable. But I think that sometimes we approach Him a little too flippantly. Sometimes we take His presence too lightly.
Thus our reminder today. “Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…” (Matthew 6:9 ESV).
Blessings on your day!