“Our father… who is in heaven”. It seems like a simple way to address a prayer, like addressing a letter to God the Father at 100 Heaven Way. (Seriously, who still sends mail, what a terrible metaphor!) It’s much more than that. It shows us our place and God’s place. R. C. Sproul writes, “Men are never duly touched and impressed with a conviction of their insignificance, until they have contrasted themselves with the majesty of God.” We are talking to the God of the Universe. That’s huge! Almost enough to make me more than a little nervous when starting a prayer. And yet, God, in his grace and humility still wants to hear from me. One person, living at this time, on this planet. Just crazy and amazing. I love what Ecclesiastes 5:2 says. “Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.” For God is in heaven and you are on earth. Things may not always make sense in our lives. But God is in heaven, and we are on earth. Pray humbly to the God of the Universe. Pray that you can see things in your life his way. Pray that you remember your place.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.