"Therefore, you should pray like this:
Our Father in heaven,
Your name be honoured as holy.”
- Matthew 6:9
Do you remember when you first heard or learned the Lord’s prayer? Where were you? Who taught it to you?
The words of the Lord’s prayer are often so familiar, it can be easy to say them without thinking about their meaning.
1. Therefore, you should pray like this
There are many different ways of praying. Ephesians 6:18 says there are “all kinds of prayers and requests”. When Jesus said, “pray like this” he was giving his disciples a helpful model to show them how to pray. This simple prayer is all-encompassing. Each line teaches us about a different aspect of prayer.
2. Our Father in heaven
The Lord’s prayer begins with worship and adoration. Prayer begins with acknowledging who God is. God is our Father. We can approach God as His children. Galatians 4:6 says, “God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!”
We have been adopted into God’s family and therefore have the right to call Him “Father”. Our Father is in heaven. He is personal but He is also infinite, sovereign, all-powerful. He is the Eternal God. There is no one like Him.
3. Your name be honoured as holy
God’s name is holy, hallowed, set apart. We honour God’s name by believing He is who He says He is. This is the first request of the Lord’s prayer. We are asking for His name to be honoured, glorified, lifted up, exalted, revealed, made famous, made known throughout the Earth.
We were created to know God and make Him known. We are telling God that this is what we want more than anything else. “Our desire is for your name and renown” (Isaiah 26:8). It is a recognition that our deepest longing is for God Himself.
Prayer is about relationship with God. It’s about getting to know Him. We are coming to God, not just to ask Him for things or to get something from Him, but to enjoy His presence.
Begin your prayer time with worship today. Acknowledge who God is out loud or in writing. Play some worship music and enjoy being in God’s presence.