Depending on the Father

Worship Thoughts for Sunday 6.2
This week we will sing the song As It Is In Heaven, taken from the Lord’s prayer, which is found in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4. This prayer served as an example for every Christian since it was spoken. But for what exactly is it an example? Is it a magic spell that Christians are supposed to recite in order to summon mystical forces? Or are these instructions in a secret formula to unlock and unleash forgiveness and grace from God to the one who prays it? Better yet, is this a prayer that God requires His children to recite word for word frequently? Many have treated this prayer in all of the ways above, and more.

Without extracting every piece of meaning from this prayer, one thing is quickly apparent:  this prayer exemplifies the Son’s dependence on the Father. It serves to demonstrate for the believer a complete dependence upon God, just like Christ. Dependence upon the holiness and reverence of God’s name among all creation (Matt. 6:9; Luke 11:2). Dependence that He will provide for us today and as He did yesterday according to His plan (Matt. 6:11; Luke 11:3). Dependence that only He can forgive our sins (Matt. 6:12; Luke 11:4a). Dependence to guide and protect our steps (Matt. 6:13; Luke 11:4b).

In light of our study through Habakkuk, dependence upon God is crucial to the development of our faith, becoming more Christ-like (Rom. 8:29). Habakkuk, after learning of His plan for Judah, was confused about God’s righteous course of action (Hab. 1:13). He wanted justice, but how God was bringing justice wasn’t what Habakkuk had in mind.

Although we may not always understand what God is doing, we can trust Him. Our prayer can demonstrate this dependence upon God: “Let your kingdom come, Let your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

Here are the songs we are singing this week

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O Worship the King – Chris Tomlin
As It Is In Heaven – Matt Maher
Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me) – Casting Crowns
A Mighty Fortress – Christy Nockels

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