Wednesday 24th May 2023
So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven – Luke 11:1
Thus says the LORD: “Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? – Isaiah 66:1
As Jesus continued to teach His Disciples (whom we are today) the art of prayer, He provided an address section to reveal where the Father dwells, ‘in heaven’. Although, God is Omnipresent (All pervading, Ever-present), He administers His rule from heaven. This also signifies His sovereignty over all. Christ also reveals this truth when He declared, “He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all” – John 3:31. As we live with the reality of His Presence within us, it is equally important to behold Him from His Throne where His rule is administered. The Saints of old had this understanding, therefore, would always lift their hands or eyes towards heaven when in prayer (2Chronicles 6:13; Psalms 121:1; Luke 6:55). This speaks of focus and total dependence on God who is above and above all.
When we look up to Him in prayer, there we draw strength, and every distraction is waded off. Christ also exemplified this practice of looking up to heaven as an art of total dependence on God. Of Him it is written, ‘… And Jesus lifted up His eyes, and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me”’ – John 11:41b, and in Matthew 14:21, we are told, ‘… and looking up to heaven, He blessed and brake, and gave the loaves to His Disciples, and the Disciples to the multitude’. Jesus, being God Himself, could do nothing in the flesh (earthly bodily form) without expressing His dependence on the Father through prayer. We likewise, must learn from His example as we express our total dependence on Him in prayer.
PRAYER: FATHER, thank You for Your Sovereign Power. I ask for grace to continually express my utter dependence on You in prayer in Jesus Name!