I have to be honest, the Lord's Prayer has always baffled me. It just seemed too short, too simple. Surely there must be more to how Jesus wants us to pray! Like many things in Christianity, sometimes we just make it too hard! I've learned some GREAT things about the Lord's Prayer over the last couple weeks and I would love to share them with you.
Our Father who art in heaven
We first address God as Our Father to show the relationship between God and ourselves. The actual word "Father" was used fewer than 14 times in the entire Old Testament. It was a sacred word reserved for God alone. Even when the Old Testament writers would record the word, they would then throw away the pen! In contrast, once the curtain was torn away in the New Testament(Matthew 27:51), we had new, immediate access to God. Jesus uses the word "Father" 70 times in the four Gospels. In the Lord's Prayer we are opening the prayer with acknowledgment of who He is.
Secondly, we are acknowledging the place that Our Father resides; in Heaven. The location reminds us of His majesty, might and stature.
Together these are set in place to:
- teach us of our new relationship with God through the Holy Spirit
- show us our new reward as the heirs of the Kingdom
- introduce us to our new resource in the Holy Spirit
- to acknowledge our responsibility as part of the family of God.
The word "hallowed" means to revere or consecrate. His name is to be sanctified or set apart to be praised and adored. If we hallow His name, we are:
- rehearsing who He is
- respecting his greatness
- relinquishing control of our lives to His sovereignty and our obedience
- recognizing His presence in our lives
- changing our lives through worship
- enhances our appreciation for our love for God
- expands our vision beyond ourselves
- eclipses our fears
- energizes our work
- encourages our spirit
- exhausts the enemy
My notes were compiled from the study guide Prayer the Great Adventure by David Jeremiah. I was almost done with the book before I realized it was the study guide! It is jam packed with great information.
I am linking up today with iFellowship over at Seeds of Faith!