I find myself sometimes struggling in my prayer life and when I’m struggling in prayer, I most often struggle in my walk with God. I can sense a separation between myself and my God. My repentance and confession is weak 1 John 1:9, my study suffers, my meditation on scripture suffers, and my attitude towards people tends to be negative… though I’m by nature an antithetical person, I tend to really show it. I simply need to remember how to pray… That might sound a little funny to you but its true, I sometime forget how to pray and I need to remember. I need to be told… Jesus said “Pray, then, in this way” Matthew 6:9-13 and shown step by step. The Lord’s Prayer as it’s so often called is a great place to start, though I like to refer to it as The Disciples Prayer and not the Lord’s prayer, that you’ll find in John 17:1-19 The High Priestly Prayer.
It wasn’t until 4 or 5 years ago when I taught through the Sermon On The Mount in Matthew that I really understood how to pray and the prayer that I was reciting for all these years going back to my Catholic days wasn’t really a prayer in its self… But as S Lewis Johnson said “It’s a primer for prayer” It’s a pattern for prayer “Pray, then, in this way” Let me say I don’t think there is anything wrong with reciting this as a prayer all by its self… But in saying that, look just a few verses before it Matthew 6:7 “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. This prayer is all-inclusive but not as a prayer of repetition but a sketch of true praying. I need to remember that!
What’s Jesus really saying? When you pray, pray using these principles found in Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus did not mean that you are to simply repeat The Lord’s Prayer because He did not pray that way, in fact He would spend all night long in prayer, hour after hour . . . Just communing with His heavenly Father. What I’m saying is I need to remember these principles, I need to get back to that! to what Jesus said. “Pray, then, in this way” Now I’m not saying we take the view of John Wesley who held a poor view of any Christian who did not pray at least four hours every day! I just want to go back to the foundations of prayer… I love the King James Translation “After this manner therefore pray ye” What manner” You pray this way…
- Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
The pride that is in me, I sometimes tend to jump right into my needs and forget that I’m praying to my/our Father the God of the universe… I need to stop and realize like Job did in Job 40:4 that I’m insignificant and unworthy compared to God, Because He is holy, so I just praise Him and proclaim who He is… Holy is Your name. If you look at the Prophets of the Old Testament they all begin their prayers with worship to God and praising Him. Only true Christians can pray and call Him Our Father. I need to remember His majesty, His greatness, and His power. Prayer begins with Him. I need to remember that!
- “hallowed be Your name”
- “Your kingdom come”
- “Your will be done”
Today I just want to remember to hallow His name… Hallowed to make holy, to sanctify and to revere. J C Ryle said… By the “name of God we mean all those attributes through which He is revealed to us—His power, wisdom, holiness, justice, mercy and truth. By asking that they may be “hallowed,” we mean that they may be made known and glorified. The glory of God is the first thing that God’s children should desire. It is the object of one of our Lord’s own prayers: “Father, glorify your name!” John 12:28. I need to remember that! Martin Luther asked “How is it God’s name hallowed amongst us?” Answer “When our life and doctrine are truly Christian”
I need to remember that His name is awesome and Holy Psalm 111:9 He has sent redemption to His people; He has ordained His covenant forever; Holy and awesome is His name. What a great time it would be to someday study all the names of God. When I pray I want to pray in this manner and give God the glory… I know that there are areas of my life that His name is “NOT” Hollowed and I’m convicted right this moment as I’m typing to honor His name in my life and walk with Christ.
Our Father you are Holy and awesome is your name… Father Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14