"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdome come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdome, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen" Matthew 6:9-13 KJV
"Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name." v9
Because this prayer has been imbedded in my mind, I don't know if I ever took the time to break it apart. One night at my women's study, a friend broke the prayer down, by doing so; I realized how much it applies to everyone’s walk, right where they are. This first line sets the scene. First let me say that if you don't believe in God or if you are not sure there is a heaven, why do you recite this prayer. If I have read one thing over and over again in the bible it's that God doesn't want us just to say or do anything that we don't mean because it doesn't do us or His kingdom any good.
If you do believe or are curious, let's read on. This part of the Lord's Prayer is telling us to recognize God for who He is. He is our Father, God, Lord of the universe, Creator, Maker of heaven and earth. Do you get it? He is the reason for our very breath, that's enough to be thankful for, isn't it?
The name Father, however, can take on a different connotation, depending on your childhood or your relationship with your earthly father. It is important to remember two things, your father on earth is human, and our Father in heaven is God. They are not the same, our earthly fathers were given us to care for us, and writing this I realize that some of you reading either never had one available, or your relationship is far from good, but this Father in heaven that I speak of has His own category.
Hallowed be thy name. The word Hallowed means holy, consecrated, sacred, and revered. Well that about says it, God's name is holy, it is also consecrated which speaks of permanency. God's name is sacred, which speaks of being set apart and of deity. God's name is also to be revered which means to honor. This prayer is first and foremost asking us to show Him some respect. He is asking us to call Him by the name He has earned and deserves. He is asking us to fulfill the first commandment that was given to us in the Old Testament, to have no other gods before him. (Exodus 20)
As you go about your day, start looking around at all of creation. When you see those trees that are still standing, birds flying, whatever is around you that God has made, call Him by name. Thank Him for being our Father in heaven. Praise Him for being God. Let's pray
"Father, thank You for being who You are. Without You, we wouldn't even be here. It seems so silly to even think that but God You are the reason for life. Thank You for loving us enough to give us breath. God I pray for each person reading this to be able to see You in a new light. Your word says that you know each of us by name, so names must be pretty important to You. God Your name is to be revered, to be bowed down to. I pray that all who read this will do just that and not take your name for granted. Thank You for being our Father which art in heaven. It's in Jesus name that we pray...Amen"