July 24, 2008

Going Right to the Top

Ephesians 1:15-23

God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church.
Ephesians 1:22


For the next few days we will be thinking about the vertical habit of saying “Help me” to God. Like each of the other habits we have been looking at so far, this is one we learn early in life. “Help” is a dominant word in the language of faith as well. From today's Scripture reading we learn that Jesus is exalted higher than all the powers in the universe. God has given his Son the highest position of authority in the cosmos. This is why the vertical habit of saying “Help me” is so amazing. The most remarkable thing about our prayers is that they soar right up to the highest heavenly realm where Christ is seated. The prayer of every believer is heard by the King of the whole universe. I remember when my children were learning about the nation of Bhutan in school. They were surprised to learn that the Bhutanese people are permitted to visit the king of Bhutan whenever they want to. About 30 people go to see the king each day. Can you imagine being able to speak with the leader of your country? As amazing as that sounds, we have a far greater privilege that is ours to enjoy every time we pray. We get to speak directly to the Lord of creation.

Thank you, Lord, for being our King who hears all our prayers. In all of the struggles we face in life, may we always turn to you alone for help. In your name we pray! Amen.

About the author — Peter Hoytema

Peter Hoytema has been a pastor for nearly 30 years and has served congregations in Ontario and New Jersey. He is currently the pastor of a congregation in Strathroy, Ontario. He is a graduate of Calvin Theological Seminary and San Francisco Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Grace, are the parents of four adult children.

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