Addressing God

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Daily Reformation, Psalm 130:1-8

From the Reformer

One of Melancthon’s correspondents writes of Luther’s praying: “I cannot enough admire the extraordinary cheerfulness, constancy, faith and hope of the man in these trying and vexatious times. He constantly feeds these gracious affections by a very diligent study of the Word of God. Then not a day passes in which he does not employ in prayer at least three of his very best hours. Once I happened to hear him at prayer. Gracious God! What spirit and what faith is there in his expressions! He petitions God with as much reverence as if he was in the divine presence, and yet with as firm a hope and confidence as he would address a father or a friend. “I know,” said he, “Thou art our Father and our God; and therefore I am sure Thou wilt bring to naught the persecutors of Thy children. For shouldest Thou fail to do this Thine own cause, being connected with ours, would be endangered. It is entirely thine own concern. We, by Thy providence, have been compelled to take a part. Thou therefore wilt be our defence.” Whilst I was listening to Luther praying in this manner, at a distance, my soul seemed on fire within me, to hear the man address God so like a friend, yet with so much gravity and reverence; and also to hear him, in the course of his prayer, insisting on the promises contained in the Psalms, as if he were sure his petitions would be granted.”

—E. M. Bounds, Purpose in Prayer

Pulling It Together

Last night, after dinner, we walked across the street to a sporting goods store. My granddaughter spotted some pink, one-pound weights that she stated were, “Just my size.” I promptly purchased them for her. As I was leaving the counter, she walked up with two, wanting somehow to have them so she could work out with her daddy. When she saw that Papa already had two for her, she ran back to the display, put them back, and then ran back to receive her new weights.

How much more does God know what we need and desire (Matt 7:11) before we can think to ask. (Matt 6:8) So, it is fitting that scripture calls God your Father and it is as a loving child that you should address him. You may speak with the Father as a loving son or daughter. You may draw near with the hope of a little one, knowing that your Heavenly Father loves you greatly and would bless you, even with the greatest of his gifts—his mercy.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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