Settling down in God – Everyday With Jesus Daily Devotional written for 11th September 2019
Isaiah 6:1-8 – ‘I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted’ (v1)
Message (Daily Devotional)
We continue meditating on the words ‘in heaven’ used by Jesus in His model prayer. We said yesterday that these words are intended to help us focus, not only on God’s location, but also on His elevation.
The Saviour (so I believe) encourages us, when we come to God in prayer, to get our perspectives right, and to look above ‘the ragged edges of time’ to the heights of eternity where God has His royal throne.
Also read: God’s Postal Address
The old Welsh preachers and theologians such as Christmas Evans, Daniel Rowlands, and others, used to call this aspect of prayer ‘settling down in God’. They taught that when we gain a right perspective of God and heavenly things then, and only then, can we have a right perspective of man and earthly things.
It is noteworthy that it was after King Uzziah died that Isaiah saw his vision in the temple of the Lord ‘high and exalted’ and that he was able to put into focus the events that were happening around him. Our life here on earth will never be abundant until we realise that we have access to resources which are outside of terrestrial thinking and things.
Also read: Imagineering
I have said, on a previous occasion, that a good working translation of the term El-Shaddai (Gen. 17:1) is ‘God – the Enough’. Actually, of course, He is more than enough, but how comforting it is to know that He is at least that.
So, when coming to God in prayer, learn to settle yourself down in God. Remind yourself that His resources so infinitely exceed your requirements; His sufficiency so immeasureably surpasses every call you may make upon it. Get the divine perspective right and earthly things will fall into their right and proper focus.
Prayer Point on Settling down in God
My Father, gently and quietly I breathe the strength of Your presence into every portion of my being. I realise that when I see You’High and exalted’, then all of life is reduced to its proper proportions. I am so thankful. Amen.
Matt. 19:13-26, Eph. 3:20; 2 Cor. 9:8; Phil. 4:19
- What was the declaration of Jesus?
- How did Paul describe ‘El-Shaddai’?