Scripture Reading — Matthew 6:5-8
“When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” — Matthew 6:6
Jesus invites his followers into an intimate love relationship with God the Father. The privilege of that intimacy might best be seen in how Jesus teaches us to pray. Though God is almighty and maintains the entire universe, he also attends to the prayers of his children.
In a democracy like the United States, most citizens think of their president as the most powerful person in the nation. Most would feel fortunate to get even a few minutes of his time. But when one of his daughters calls, if he is a good dad, he’ll answer and listen. She has an ear with the president that any CEO or political leader would envy. She is one who can call him “Daddy.” Her agenda is not national security or some international crisis. Her access is based on the fact that he is her loving father, who always cares for her and wants what is best for her.
With us, God wants a relationship that is infinitely more caring and loving. He has given his heart to us. The Son of God, Jesus, even came to be one of us and to die so that we could live forever with God. Our Father has made himself available to us anytime, anywhere. Almighty God is our loving Father, who is never too busy to hear the prayers of his beloved children. Do you have this kind of relationship with the God of the universe?
Thank you, Lord, for loving us and hearing our prayers. You are never too busy for your children. May we be as eager to pray as you are to listen and respond. Amen.