Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.
I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”
Special thanks to Peggy Graff and her guests for providing this uplifting and inspiring addition to us in her Dog Days Duets series. I pray that these weekly selections will uplift your spirits and feed your soul as much as it does mine.
Matthew 6:9-13 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
9 “Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.[a]
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And do not bring us to the time of trial,[b]
but rescue us from the evil one.[c]
Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today
We pray the Lord’s Prayer in nearly every worship service. You have likely memorized it and if you have, then you have probably had the experience of saying the words automatically without thinking about the meaning. It happens sometimes with familiar words, doesn’t it. So, it’s a good idea to read the words and meditate on each line of the prayer. What does it mean when I call God’s name “hallowed”? What does it mean when I pray for the coming of the kingdom or for God’s will to be done “on earth as it is in heaven”? Are those two petitions really saying the same thing? When I pray for daily bread, forgiveness, and deliverance from temptation, how do those prayers relate to my current circumstances?
Slow down and think carefully about those words Jesus prayed as an example for his followers.
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster