2012-12-21 / Church

Today’s Meditation

The Holy Name
From The Upper Room The World’s Most Widely Read Daily Devotional Guide

Read Matthew 6:9-13

Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.

Psalm 5:1-2 (NIV)

My six-year-old and I were saying the Lord’s Prayer. Her careful articulation of the words and her sincerity struck me. I have recited the prayer for years, sometimes with little thought, but that night I saw its meaning in a new way. Over Christmas, we will be moving across the country. You might think that “Give us today our daily bread” would have spoken to me that night. But as we prayed “Hallowed be your name” (Matt. 6:9), I knew that God wanted to be the Lord over all aspects of my life, not just my job or my home. My tendency to worry, my striving to make all things right, our plans for the move, the way we rear our children, my friendships, my care for those in need — all of these are God’s. Praying the Lord’s Prayer made me realize that no matter how crazy our lives or circumstances seem, we can depend solely on God in everything — our joy and all our messy pain. As we move away from what has been home, remembering that we can depend on God is a comforting thought. Read more from Katherine on The Upper Room blog today.

Katherine Reay

(Texas, USA)

Thought for the Day: To see photos of Katherine and her family, go to The Upper Room blog and open the Link2Life for today.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your boundless and unfathomable love. May we hallow your name in every area of our life. As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”* Amen. *Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV).

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