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Weekly Devotionals

A Masterpiece

9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, – Matthew 6:9

For various reasons, my family associates me with the otter (the reasons why are for another day, or perhaps never ^^). What you see in the image above is an example of this fact as my 2nd daughter Madeline (who we call “Maddo”) drew this picture of herself and me for a school assignment.

Now I know that this picture will never make it to the walls of the Louvre, but for me, this is another masterpiece that will go into my trove of other treasures like it that I have kept over the years of various works produced by my two daughters. If others were to look through this portfolio, they would only see a bunch of scribble-scrabble drawings made by young children. However, in my eyes they are nothing less than priceless, irreplaceable pieces, that makes my heart want to burst. And why is this so? The answer is simple. It’s because of how much I love the ones who made them for me.

I share this with us today because I hope that it will remind us that though God’s love for us is powerful and grand, it is also very much tender and intimate, for God is not only Almighty God but our Heavenly Father! In such, though we can and should relate to Him as His servants, His ambassadors, His disciples, and His warriors, more than these, we are to primarily relate to Him as His beloved children.

Our passage for this devotion is comes from Matthew 6:9. It is the first line of what we call, “The Lord’s Prayer;” 9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Now for us, this first line may not mean much more to us than it being the opening words of an important piece of Christian liturgy but to the 1st century Jew, it was a nothing less than a revolutionary statement. To them, God was the Almighty One, the All Wise One, the Ageless One, the Provider, the Healer, their Rock and Refuge and may other things, but to think of Him as “The Father”??? This was unthinkable for it was blasphemous.

However, when His disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, Jesus did much more for them than just teaching them how to pray because in doing so, He revealed to them the truth that God above all other identities is our Heavenly Father and therefore, that this is indeed how we should primarily relate with Him! In fact, that is the very reason why Jesus came. So that by grace through faith in His sacrifice, we mortal, sinful people could now be called His own children! As stated in Romans 8:15-16 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.[f] And by him we cry, Abba,[g] Father. 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are Gods children. To even be co-heirs as brothers and sisters to Jesus Himself!! As stated in the very next verse, 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirsheirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. PTL!!!

So no matter what you can and can’t do, what you have and do not have, what you look like what you don’t look like, etc., know that nothing can ever change the great love that God has for you to want to bless you and lead you to be all that He made you to be, because He is your heavenly Father and you are His beloved child! To Him, your heart to want to love and worship Him, to serve and follow Him, as imperfect as all of it might be, is a masterpiece! He receives it all with the Father’s heart, treasuring it all to then turn it all back to you that His good, pleasing, and perfect will for your life may be all the more experienced and established in your life.

So take heart, for you are the precious, beloved child and heir of the King of all kings and Lord of all lords. AMEN!!