“When you pray, don’t pour out a flood of empty words, as the Gentiles do. They think that by saying many words they’ll be heard. Don’t be like them, because your Father knows what you need before you ask. Pray like this:
Our Father who is in heaven, uphold the holiness of your name. Bring in your kingdom so that your will is done on earth as it’s done in heaven. Give us the bread we need for today. Forgive us for the ways we have wronged you, just as we also forgive those who have wronged us. And don’t lead us into temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.
“If you forgive others their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you don’t forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your sins. – Matthew 6:7-14
THE NEW AX! So, I’m still really excited about my new guitar; the Epiphone Sheraton that my wonderful daughter “crowd-sourced” for my birthday a few weeks ago.
I have already played the guitar a lot – probably every day. But it’s an electric guitar, and I have yet to plug my Sheraton into any kind of an amplifier.
My first guitar was the original Ovation acoustic, and over the years I’ve explored pretty-much every aspect of its performance range. My next Ovation was my “Praise-Band Ax,” designed to retain its acoustic quality when run through an amp. But this new guitar is a completely different kind of instrument, featuring capabilities and potential that I will never even begin to imagine until I plug it in, and begin to use it the way it was designed to be played.
CONNECTION: Earlier this morning I sat here at my computer with no creative thoughts anywhere near my brain, let alone the tips of my fingers and this keyboard, wheels spinning, spiritual torpor setting in. So I took my coffee out onto the deck; 57-degrees, clear air from last night’s rain, sunshine, great breakfast conversation with Rebekah.
We read our morning devotion together, and we thanked God for the new day; we thanked God for the simple yet remarkable fact of life; we thanked God for the opportunity we have, each new day, to engage this world from the foundation of love.
Eventually I made my way back to this desk, and glanced over at my new guitar. It struck me that – every day – I face once again the opportunity to either plug-in to the power source that offers the promise of activating all of my potential as a child of God… or I can remain simply a latent possibility.
CHALLENGE: Life is wonderful, yes, but life is often difficult too. Why not face the challenge of today plugged into the creative powerhouse that imagined, designed, created, still creates, and sustains the Universe?
God isn’t an afterthought, a whimsical invention, an “add-on,” or an “after-market” optional elective. God is the source of light and life! The “good news” that Jesus proclaimed was – and still is – this amazing invitation to live in God’s Kingdom now.
“Now” means today, this morning, this very minute. That’s what “Bring in your kingdom” means. God inhabits this workspace, and when I make the decision to plug into that relationship, then anything – absolutely anything – is possible!
Now if I can just hook up with an amp for that new guitar…..