Bigness and Smallness

Re:Verse passage – Matthew 6:5-13 (day six)

Our Father in heaven,
    may your name be kept holy.
10 May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
    as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today the food we need…Matthew 6:9-11

There is a flow to Jesus’ model prayer. Not surprising. He wanted his disciples to know praying should have both a bigness and smallness to it; the one flowing out from the other. The authentic kind of praying comes from a person who not only marvels at the holiness of God, but also longs for his glory to fill the earth. That’s bigness in praying; praying for the kingdom to come. The most authentic praying can’t help but pray that way.

But authentic praying is also small. It wonders and muses and asks about the details of the kingdom journey. How will God’s Kingdom come in my home, in my relationships, when I fail? Small praying is no less significant, because it longs to see God’s kingdom reign in the smallest parts of life. Small praying never gets ahead of itself; it concerns itself with today.

Is your praying both big and small? Try it out. It may just reorient your whole life.

Author: Danny Panter

Danny is the Associate Pastor for NextGen Marrieds & Community Missions at FBCSA.

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