Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. – Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV) Holy is your name. Let your name be honored. Revered, respected, and set apart are you as God. All words that draw the follower of Christ into action.
Jesus told us that if we wanted to see the Father, we need to look no further than him (Jesus). Experiencing Jesus, living with him, fellowshipping with him, was the same as seeing God. (John 14:9-10)
And in Philippians we are exhorted to live our lives like Christ, to be of the same spirit, united in the purpose of serving others, walking humbly before God, and being like Jesus to the world. (Philippians 2:1-5)
So, for me the opening of the Lord's Prayer, "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name" is the cry of my heart and soul.
It succinctly expresses the deepest desires of my heart:
Father may your name be honored, respected, revered, kept holy by my actions as a follower of Christ, as a leader of people, as a servant to this world. Let my life be an example of who you are. Let it be that if people see me they see Christ and in turn they see you Father. Hallowed be your name!
If I don't start with this understanding of God as my Holy Father, that I must strive to honor and reflect in my life, than I become like the hypocrites Christ warned me about.
My prayers become more about me, more about the words I say, how I say them, and how people hear them, than about experiencing dialogue with my Creator.
When I acknowledge the holiness of God the Father it sets my heart in place to continue the prayer and be fully transparent before God. When I start with these words it prepares my heart for examination, confession, and forgiveness.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
- How do you prepare your heart and mind for prayer?
- Why does God's holiness matter in your faith?
- Do the people you love, lead, and serve see your respect and honor for God each day?
Make it a great day!