Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Unseen Father


CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.

My soul, bless the Lord!
Lord God, you are great—
with honor arrayed,
majestic_ in state!
You cover yourself
with a garment of light
and stretch out the sky
as a curtain by night.
 —Psalm 104:1-2, suggested tune: Lyons
 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Philip said to him, 'Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.'
Jesus said to him, 'Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.'
—John 14:8-9
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
A God who is only the product of inferences from creation, or providence, or the mysteries of history, or the wonders of my own inner life, the creature of logic or of reflection, is very powerless to sway and influence humanity. The limitations of our faculties and the boundlessness of our hearts both cry out for a God who is nearer to us than that, and whom we can see and love and be sure of. The whole world wants the making visible of divinity as its deepest want. And your heart and mind require it. Nothing else will ever stay our hunger, will ever answer our questioning minds.

Christ meets this need. How can you make wisdom visible? How does one see love or purity? How do I see your spirit? By the deeds of your body. And the only way by which God can ever come near enough to humanity to be a constant power and a constant motive in their lives is by their seeing him at work in a Human, who amongst them is his image and revelation. Christ’s whole life is the making visible of the invisible God. He is the manifestation to the world of the unseen Father.
 —Alexander Maclaren
TODAY'S PRAYER
I cannot see you and so you show me the glories of creation. I confess with my lips that you are the Maker of all things; and still I doubt. Thank you, O God, for not stopping at showing us evidence that you exist, but for coming to us in Jesus Christ, lived lived and died as the Divine made flesh. May I place my trust in the Crucified One, that I may live the life of his resurrection...
 
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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