“Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.”
Thought for the Day: God is always present with us and we need to recognize that we are always in His presence
Recently I wrote about the presence of God and that God is always present with us. As I reflected over those words, I realized that in order to feel God’s presence as strongly as we desire, we also have to recognize that we are in God’s presence. God desires that we acknowledge Him at all times and in all things so that we are in His presence. As I read my devotional this morning about “The Lord’s Prayer”, it reminded me that the first words are, “Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.” When we pray these words in the way Jesus taught, we place ourselves in the presence of God recognizing that His name is the Name above all Names. If we truly pray these words, we center our thoughts on God and place our thoughts and presence with Him. That is what He desires, and as Christians, that is what we should desire. As we go through our day knowing that God is always in our presence, how will we focus our thoughts on Him where we keep our hearts and lives fully in His presence.
Today as I pray, I want to put myself in God’s presence by immediately recognizing that God’s name is hallowed, holy, glorious, and true. His name is above all. I want to be in my Father’s presence as closely as possible. I love my God, my Father, and I want to be in His presence at all times and in all I do.
Prayer: Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, that will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Prayer Focus: PUTTING OURSELVES IN GOD’S PRESENCE
(The One Year Worship the King Devotionals, Chris Tiegreen, 2008)