In the Word
“Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name’” (Matthew 6:9).
Of the Word
One little word. You wouldn’t think it would make such an impact, but I can tell you how my heart swelled when I first heard it from my daughter’s little lips. “Mama.” Of course “Mama” may be heard in between sobs, when my daughter doesn’t feel well, or in the middle of the night. But I still feel good when my daughter calls out to me.
Our God wants us to call out to Him, too. Jesus encourages us to call God by a most intimate name: Father.
We are given the right to use this intimate term for a holy, just, and righteous God because it was made possible by Christ, our brother, who brought us into His loving family through His death and resurrection. As heirs with Christ, we have the privilege to call on His name.
Now when we speak His name in hurt, He wipes away our tears. When we speak it in sickness, He heals. When we speak it in fear, He calms our hearts. And for all of this, it is only fitting that we should also speak His name in praise and adoration.
Walking with my Lord
Heavenly Father, how humbled I am to be able to come before You and call You Father. Thank You for the redeeming love of Your Son Jesus whom I can also call Brother. In His beautiful name I pray. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Love, Laughter, and Lullabies. DCE Amanda Stacy, author. 7/30 ©2013 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.