A Heavenly, Early Morning
By Fin Sheridan
This morning, I found myself talking to God about the all the different areas of my life that I needed Him in: my relationships, my work, my finances, my character. Halfway through a sentence, I caught myself. I sounded like a brattish child, listing the various things that I needed Him to do. And not the good need, the dependant need. My attitude toward God is far too often one that says, ‘You serve me.’
We all do this, right? It comes naturally. It obviously isn’t the best way to pray.
Jesus told us, in Matthew 6, to pray “on Earth, as it is in Heaven.” So, when I pray that for my life, what am I asking here? What is heaven like? If I want heaven on earth, what is it that I’m actually asking for?
“Pray then like this, ‘Our Father in heaven, holy is your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.'” (Matthew 6:9-10, emphasis added)
The book of Revelation gives us just a taste of what Heaven will be like. Glorious and wonderful creatures cry out and their song is not about themselves. Continuous adoration, amazement, and worship are the only activity of the eternal day. Heaven centres around Jesus. There is a circle of attention and everything is transfixed by Him. He is Lord. He is King. Heaven knows this. Why don’t I?
The rest of the universe revolves around Him, the world was created through and for Him. Everything submits to His will. What arrogance makes me think that I should be the exception?
So, when I bring my life, my list to God, asking Him to enter into individual areas, whilst I’m technically not doing something wrong, there is a better way, a way that honours Jesus more.
There is a better way; a way that honours Jesus.
Instead of pridefully focusing on myself, my prayer (and yours) should be that, today, everything we are and everything we do would be centred around Jesus.
Rather than throwing chunks of my life at Him, asking Him to give a quick blessing on each part, my time alone with Him should begin with recognition of Jesus. We were created to live lives that are orientated around Him, our hearts set rightly, facing towards the Throne, towards the Son of God who loves us and gave Himself for us.
And realising that – praying for that, experiencing that – can make even a cold, wet, winter’s morning heavenly.
If that resonates with you, then we’d love to pray with you. Our prayer centre is open for your calls, 8am-7:30pm, Monday-Friday. Why not call us on 0300 561 0700?