The first thing we notice in the Lord’s Prayer is this:
“Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name.”
He’s our Father, not our own personal possession.
He’s a Father, perfect in all aspects of fatherhood, completely different from all earthly fathers. Discover who he is by reading your bible every day.
We are to hallow his name. What does that mean?
It’s a petition. God himself is our priority. He is not a means to any end. He is the end of all ends.
Ouch! I confess it’s rarely, if ever. I’m more eager to unroll my long list of petitions that center on me and my desires.
Hallowed means to make holy, to recognize his holiness, separation, not common.
God is unlike his created beings.
There is an unbridgeable gap between him and me and you.
God wants us to recognize and treat him as uncommon.
He’s not our buddy.
He wants us to think worthy thoughts of him that reflect what he has revealed himself to be. (Have you noticed how often the devil gets you thinking unworthy thoughts of him, especially in the midst of trials?)
God wants you to live in his presence every day.
How do we do that?
By fixing our eyes on the cross. It’s there where we see his infinite hatred of sin and his justice.
Christ was overwhelmed by the wrath of God on the cross. And at the same time the cross proves God’s infinite mercy.
We are debt-free with God on account of Christ. Hallelujah!
Now we are fully accepted in the favor of God. Praise him!
We pray because we have tasted that the Lord is good. Yes!
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