Text: Matthew 6:9-13
Memory verse:
”Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.“
‭‭I Samuel‬ ‭12‬:‭24‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Robert Grant, who authored the great hymn “O worship the King”, has this line in one of his stanzas.
“Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end, Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.”
He expresses that, though God is very great and mighty, yet in His tender mercies, He relates with us not only as our Maker but as our Defender, Redeemer, and our Friend! How can my Maker call me His Friend? Is this not a paradox and an unequal relationship? A master and a servant relationship would have been most appropriate, yet He chose to condescend so low to call us friends. Grace! This is what our Lord and Saviour Jesus meant, “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.“ ‭‭(John‬ ‭15‬:‭15‬). The NLT says, “I no longer call you slaves”.
Our Lord has become our Friend!
God has also become, not only our Maker but our Father. Thus, Jesus has become our brother. This is amazing! He has pulled down the wall of separation, bridged the gap between us, and removed the fear of slavery (Rom 8:15). He has called us into an intimate relationship with God as a Father and a Friend and with Himself as a Brother and a Friend. Hallelujah!
Rather than allowing this great grace shown to us to breed familiarity and irreverence, we should love Him and respect Him in return. “Only fear the LORD [with awe and profound reverence] and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you” (1 Sam 12:24 AMP). God’s great love should make everyone around Him in reverence (Psa 89:7). Jesus also emphasized the need to treat God with reverence even in the midst of the intimacy with Him. He taught His disciples to pray by relating intimately with God, calling Him, “Our Father”. Yet, He was quick to instruct us that God must be respected when He followed it with, “hallowed be Your name” (Matt‬ ‭6‬:‭9‬).
Beloved, even though God has called us into such an amazing intimacy with Him, let us not disrespect Him. He feels personally grieved when maltreated and can withdraw or break forth in judgment. However, He manifests Himself in blessings when respected and honoured.

Prayer points
1. Father, thank You for the intimacy I have with You, and let me always hold You with awe and profound reverence, in Jesus’ name.
2. Father, please, help me never to be overfamiliar with You as to lead to disrespect and dishonour, in Jesus’ name.

Today’s declarations
1. I don’t allow my intimacy with God to breed over familiarity and irreverence, but I reciprocate it by respecting and honouring Him.
2. I reverence God in my speech, dressing, thoughts, service, and my attitudes.

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