Scripture Reading — Acts 17:22-28
“The God who made the earth and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.” — Acts 17:24
Where is heaven? We aren’t told. But Jesus promises to bring us there. And one day we will live with God forever in the new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21:1-5).
When we pray with Jesus, “Our Father in heaven” (Matthew 6:9), we confess the awesome greatness and power of God. We assert, as the Bible does, that God rules the cosmos. He created the universe. He rules over all the earth, from the smallest nation to the grandest empire. And we rightfully bow before God in worship.
God reigns—and this should give us great comfort. He’s not like a “Wizard of Oz” pretending to be someone in charge. And he didn’t simply wind up the universe like a clock and then leave it to tick on its own. God really can and does actively govern everything that happens in our world, including all that happens to each of us.
Because of who God is, when we pray to our Father in heaven, we can be assured that he hears and answers our prayers. By his knowledge and power and in his timing, God promises to give us just what we need. So we trust in him to provide for us.
When you pray today to our Father in heaven, trust that the one who rules and sustains the universe can and will hear and answer your prayers.
Our Father in heaven, maker of heaven and earth, we worship and adore you. Thank you for loving us and answering our prayers. Amen.