Yesterday we began our journey of walking through a sample prayer that Jesus used to teach his followers to pray. Take a moment and read through this prayer again:
Matt. 6: 9-13: 9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
I’d like us to focus on “hallowed be your name.” Hallowed simply means holy. One of the first truths that Jesus points us to in his training on prayer is worship. He draws our attention to the holiness of God’s name because he is holy. We’ve got to really focus here because we’re so apt to treat the word “holy” cheaply: “holy cow”, “holy moly”, we even toss around “Holy Bible.”
The holiness of God should cause our jaws to drop. There is no sin or evil in Him. God is without fault or flaw. His perfection is without parallel.You might be saying, I get it, He’s holy, I’m not. True, but this should be moving us from observation of fact to worship in our prayer time. This might be singing, quietly reflecting, journaling…..some way of marinating on the majesty of God.
Spend some time in prayer acknowledging God’s holiness, worshiping him for who he is. In fact, check out how the Psalmist echoes this heart of worship here: Psalm 99:1-6.
Take a moment now and write your own prayer.