Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored. May your Kingdom come and your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us the bread we need for today. Forgive our wrongs as we forgive the wrongs of others. Keep us from temptation and protect us from evil. For yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
From Eyewitness: The Life of Christ Told in One Story
As I walk through the most trying times of my life, a dark valley of the shadow of death, I still don’t have to fear, because you’re at my side. Like a shepherd who protects his lambs, your rod and your staff keep me safe. — Psalm 23:4
Heaven means being with the Lord.
Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you (John 14:2–3),” which must be an amazing world. Once there, nobody wants to come back to Earth.
Heaven isn’t a faraway place.
When I pray, “My Father in Heaven…” I don’t want to visualize God as distant, living somewhere beyond the stars, just barely able to hear my words. That’s a misconception, since he’s present everywhere (Psalm 139:8). To say he’s the God of Heaven is to place him above everything on Earth, all-knowing and all-caring, seeing all that I do (Proverbs 15:3).
The apostle Paul saw Heaven and had no words to describe its beauty (2 Corinthians 12:4). Writers refer to the intense light, streets of transparent gold, and walls glistening with precious jewels, but those are weak attempts to portray a glory than anything I’ve seen or could imagine.
God’s presence brings Heaven to Earth.
As best I can, I want to pray with a visualization of Heaven as what God has prepared for me. If he will hold my hand and walk with me, I’ll enjoy a bit of Heaven on Earth.