In this manner, therefore, pray…
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:9-10
There was one crucial thing Jesus did for us; that was to teach us how to pray.
Many people think that God is in a far away place, somewhat unreachable. Others think that they must reach a certain level of goodness or knowledge to pray to God. And many others consider that it makes no difference to pray.
The Lord’s Prayer is an extremely prominent prayer! Most believers in general, happen to know the Lord’s prayer. It is read to sanctify activities and to pay respects to those who pass away, at funerals, or to commence family reunions, and in times of tribulation. When I was a Catholic, I learned the Lord’s Prayer but I never quite paused to pay attention to what I was actually saying.
This prayer was done as a practical teaching by Jesus, the Christ. His disciples saw that he was a human just like them, and they Also saw the miracles, his character and conviction.
They wondered who better to ask how to pray: if not this man, the son of God.
There are a few things we can learn by these two first lines since the Lord begins the prayer by saying “Our father who is in heaven, holy is your name:
Jesus, God the son is acknowledging that God is our father, our creator. We also notice that Jesus is declaring that God’s name is holy.
- dedicated or consecrated to God or a religious purpose; sacred.
This confronts us: we should not use God’s name in vain. Jehovah is not to be mixed in random conversation, including surprising moments like danger or excitement. We should actually used the name of God when speaking about God, or when to speak to the father. Imagine your name, would you want someone calling you for no reason at all? Or talking bad about you? No, we demand respect; God is no different in this respect.
The next thing we learn about praying to God is that our prayers should push for God’s agenda. Our first few lines of prayer should push us to proclaim God’s kingdom here on earth. Maybe back then, like even now, some did not recognize that God has a kingdom! Or that this kingdom is not here on earth, but in heaven, and that we should desire for it to come here to earth. In this prayer, taught by Jesus himself, we also get the point that God has a will.We should desire for this will to be made manifest from heaven, here on earth: here in our lives.
- desire, consent, or willingness.
- strong intention or assertion about the future.
- expressing probability or expectation about something in the present.
Now we should come to God first acknowledging these things:
- His fatherly love towards us and our love towards Him as His children
- His holiness, and our respect for His name
- We are humble enough to put aside our plans and ambitions, to get God’s plans and intentions to move here on earth. If we lack this characteristics, we should ask God to help us with our hearts.
Father God, Lord of all, I praise you because you are just and holy. You are the Lord of Lords, and there is none besides you. I pray for us as a whole, may you grant us the understanding that we are praying to the most high God and not speaking to our next door neighbor or some loved one. Help us Lord to desire your will, and not our own selfish ambitions: help us to see your vision, the big picture, and to not make up our minds so strongly that we are unable to please you, in Jesus name I pray. Amen.