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Pray Like This: Seeing and Savoring God Through the Lord’s Prayer

Week 1: Our Father in Heaven

In five short verses in Matthew, Jesus teaches us to pray intimately. This prayer can become ritualistic, as anything else that we do as Christians if we lose focus of what is right before us. There are prayer-life-changing glories to be seen in these most familiar words if we slow down enough to see them. In this journey, let us delve in this prayer to see and savor God in the prayer he gave us.

Let us read Matthew 6

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come, your will be done,on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day 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 evil.” (Matthew 6:9-13)

OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN…

OLD Testament:
Deuteronomy 32:6, Isaiah 63:16, Isaiah 64:8, Jeremiah 3:19, Psalm 146

NEW Testament:
Romans 8:14-17, Luke 12:32, Galatians 4:5-7, 1 Peter 1:3, Ephesians 1:3

What does this opening of prayer mean?

With these words God tenderly invites us to believe that He is our true Father and that we are His true children, so that with all boldness and confidence we may ask Him as dear children ask their dear father. (Martin Luther)

Let us prayer and encourage one another together in praying and building on this first part of the prayer…
This week let us use the Lord’s Prayer and these verses, by the leading of the Spirit, to enrich and deepen our seeing, savoring, and praying to our Father who is in heaven.

Week 2: Hallowed Be Your Name

The Lord’s Prayer is a simple and spectacular prayer. This is the way life is. There are simple things and there are spectacular things. Last week we focused on the Fatherhood and Reign of God from Heaven. This week we will focus on the whole reason for this prayer and the desire a resurrected heart has: the hallowing of Our Father and God’s name in our hearts and across the globe. When we see this and then savor it, we come to see the reason for every petition in this simple and spectacular prayer. And, looked at one way, that’s the way the Lord’s prayer is.

Notice that this prayer has two parts. The first part (verses 9–10) has three petitions; and the second part (verses 11–13) has three petitions.
Verse 9 can be prayed like this: My Father, My Father in Heaven, cause your great and holy name to be honored and reverenced and esteemed and treasured above all things everywhere in the world (including my heart).

Let us read Matthew 6

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come, your will be done,on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day 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 evil.” (Matthew 6:9-13)

HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME…

reverencing, honoring, esteeming, admiring, valuing, treasuring of God’s name above all things.

OLD Testament:
Exodus 14:4,18, Leviticus 22:31-32, 1 Samuel 12:20,22, Isaiah 48:9-11, Psalm 106:7-8

NEW Testament:
John 17:8, Romans 9:17, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Ephesians 1:4-6, 1 Peter 2:12, 3 John 7

 

 

 

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