GENUINE PRAYER BEGINS WITH PRAISE
“Our Father, which are in heaven, hallowed be thy name.”
All authentic prayer begins with worship. Often our prayers are meager because our view of God is too small. Only a big God can answer big prayers. Verse nine teaches us three areas of God’s character that we must remember when we enter into a time of prayer.
First, God is relational in His love for us. He is our loving, heavenly Father who loves us like a good dad loves his children. Prayer is God’s invitation to have a fatherly conversation with one who loves us and is for us. Romans 8:14-17 says, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
Second, God is exalted in His supremacy over us. He invites us into His presence as a father invites his beloved child, but we must remember that He is God and worthy of our reverence. We must never become so familiar with God that we do not recognize that He is not our buddy or the “man upstairs.” He is God Almighty.
Third, God is holy in His character toward us. “Hallowed” means that we recognize the holiness of God and worship Him. One Bible scholar said that God’s holiness is “God’s exaltation in majesty above the creation; His complete freedom from all moral impurity and imperfection.”
When we enter a time of prayer, start with reading your devotional material and then take what God reveals about Himself in the devotional and praise Him.
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Application of God’s Truth
Take the three attributes of God that we looked at above and open your prayer time with exalting Him for His love for you as a Father and His majesty and holiness.