It’s OK not to be OK

Matthew 6 v 7-13 (The Message) “The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:
Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
    as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
    Yes. Yes. Yes.”

The last couple of weeks have been tough; I have to be honest and say that I have felt that I had reached my capacity and just didn’t know how much more I could take. I shared this at our elders’ prayer meeting on Monday and we prayed for each other. Truth be told I am finding remote teaching difficult and tiring and the last few weeks have been tough hard. Since the start of this pandemic, we have been encouraging each other to ‘meet’ in triplets and pray together and these verses have come from my triplet meeting this week. We prayed The Lord’s Prayer together and it served as a reminder that God promises to see to all of our needs, we might not understand everything but we can trust in His provision and His timing. After the triplet I looked at different scriptural versions of when Jesus taught the disciples how to pray and this version from the Message really spoke to me. At school my mantra with the children is ‘It is OK not to be OK’. And I think we need to remember that, because we have a Father in heaven who will look after us and see that we are OK. So this week I would like to encourage us all to keep handing everything over to our loving Father and let Him be ablaze in beauty in our lives. Ali