Reflections on Prayer - May
Matthew 6:10 “On earth as it is in heaven…”
By Lisa Espinoza
What does planet earth look like to you? Not the whole thing…just your corner of it. Maybe your little plot of planetary is seeing some unexpected upheaval right about now. I remember one day while back enjoying the warm tile underfoot while washing dishes, until I discovered the cause of the warmth—a slab leak that led to a plethora of inconveniences including mold remediation and an absence of a kitchen and hot water. If this weren’t enough, in the middle of it all, my i-phone was stolen and the tile around our pool began falling off in chunks.
I prayed, “God, what do you want to teach me in all this?” I can’t pinpoint exact words, but the essence of His answer was, “Invest in the eternal.” This month we ask the Lord to help us give ourselves to what’s real...to what will last and not be ruined by a slab leak.
Meditate on Matthew 6:19-21
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Ask God to show you this week what kind of investments you are making with your resources of time and money. Journal about your discoveries, but take it a step further and make adjustments in your life as you sense the Lord’s leading.
John 14:2, 3
Is there really a place called heaven? It’s hard to comprehend any other living quarters than the ones we’re in right now. But heaven does exist, and it is more real than anything we’ve ever experienced. Jesus Himself said He is at work preparing this place for us so that we can be with Him there for eternity. When you experience setbacks or hardships this week, encourage yourself by meditating on Jesus’ words as recorded in John 14:2, 3.
2 “In my Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
We know what earth is like---its contours, its aromas, its colors and sounds. But what is heaven like?
Set aside a quiet time to thoughtfully read Revelation 21, or break it up into smaller sections throughout the week. Take time to dream about what heaven will be like. Picture every detail in vivid color. Each time this week you enjoy any of God’s limitless provisions—delicious food, the beauty of nature, the love of friends and family—remind yourself that this is just a preview of what’s to come…and breathe a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord.
Heaven is heaven because it is a place where God’s will is done. We get to partner with Him in the carrying out of His will on earth. In doing so, we bring a glimpse of heaven to earth. Think of someone you know who could use a glimpse of heaven this week. How does God want you to partner with Him in blessing this person? Don’t let this week end without responding to the nudge of the Holy Spirit.