3.16.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 44. The Lord’s Prayer.

Matthew 6:9: “Pray then in this way, Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed by Your name.”

This passage contains Matthew’s version of what is known worldwide as the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus has recently been telling His listeners how not to pray. They shouldn’t pray in order to impress other people or mindlessly fill the air with words in hopes of impressing God (Matthew 6:5–8).

What Jesus has just said (Matthew 6:7) makes it clear He did not mean these words to become a mantra, a chant, or the only words anyone ever prays to God. Many people have found reciting the Lord’s Prayer to be meaningful both individually and together in churches—which is fine when understood correctly. Christ primarily means this sample prayer as an example of how to talk to God in a meaningful and effective way.

He begins by demonstrating that believers should address God as “Our Father in heaven.” Jesus came, in part, to make it possible for mankind to be in relationship with God the Father through faith. To resist a relationship with God the Father, even in prayer, is to resist Jesus’ will for His followers. This reference to God as “Father” also separates Christian prayer from many other faiths: to begin a prayer with the equivalent of “Our Father in heaven” is unthinkable for non-Christians.

The second phrase in Christ’s model prayer expresses praise for something true about God: that His name is “hallowed,” which can also be translated as “Your name is holy.” Names are highly significant in Scriptures and the “name of God” brings with it unlimited power and purity. Proclaiming to God that His name is holy is to acknowledge His absolute greatness.

A note here that I hadn’t thought of before. To reference God as “Father” also separates Christian prayer from many other faiths; to begin a prayer address a Father in heaven, kind of amazing. And yes, unthinkable for non-Christians.

Another note said this about this first line of the prayer; The prayer here is a model, not merely a liturgy. It is notable for it’s brevity, simplicity and comprehensiveness. Of the 6 petitions in the prayer, 3 are directed at God and 3 towards human needs. Just an interesting side note.

Hallowed means to be kept sacred or revered. This sets God’s name apart from anything else in the world and in our lives. Above all. In all. Beyond all. Through all.

Hallowed be thy name.

11 Comments

  1. Suzanne on March 16, 2021 at 3:44 am

    “Of the 6 petitions in the prayer, 3 are directed at God and 3 towards human needs. ”

    The first 5 commandments are about God, the last 5 are about man. God first…always.

    Philippians 3:9
    And be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—

    Romans 116 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith,[e] as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”[f]

    1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

    2 Corinthians 5:21
    For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

    Matthew 6:33
    But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

    • Dave Pettigrew on March 16, 2021 at 11:31 am

      Great stuff here. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Patti S on March 16, 2021 at 7:12 am

    I’m realizing I don’t think this prayer holds much significance for me. Having been raised Catholic, it was just something I said, having it memorized. Having to say it after ‘penance’.
    I always wondered, and still do, why was the prayer broken up into two parts during the mass? As a kid, we would say it around the dinner table at my maternal grandparents, wondering, will we say the prayer in its entirety, or not?

    My mom would tell stories of me as a child, finding me praying on my knees. Wish I could remember what I was praying………maybe it was that prayer?

    Interesting, that is what I thought of today, this prayer just feels empty for me.

    • Suzanne on March 16, 2021 at 8:38 am

      This is how I felt during the repetitive words devotional the other day. Oppressive roots can be tough to dig up. What bothered me for years was not the words, or even repeating them. It bothered me that an establishment was attaching meanings and rules to the words that didn’t make sense. When I realized that I did not believe or agree with those meanings I left. Now, I love the words to this prayer.

      • Patti S on March 16, 2021 at 2:19 pm

        I agree with you Suzanne. Makes sense.
        FYI, I really enjoy reading your comments. I like the way you write.

        • Suzanne on March 16, 2021 at 2:48 pm

          Thank you. I pray first.
          I like how you sign your posts ‘because of Him’

    • Dave Pettigrew on March 16, 2021 at 11:31 am

      So true. It’s amazing how “mundane” some of these verses and stories feel because we’ve either known them for so long or have never taken the time to really look and them and dive into the backstory. No guilt here at all, more of a reawakening of all of this. That’s how I’m finding this verse by verse study through this book….a reawakening of what it all is. Pretty cool. Thanks for sharing!

      • Patti S on March 16, 2021 at 2:26 pm

        I’m enjoying the verse by verse devotionals, cause I am hearing the Scripture in a new way.
        The way I’m letting the words flow over me is showing me places for growth in my relationship with God.

        3 times now, since I have started reading these devotionals, I have had an overwhelming peace come over me. Very powerful and So cool!!

        Feels like I am being prayed for.

  3. Peggy F on March 16, 2021 at 7:40 am

    AMEN !

  4. Suzanne R on March 16, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    I have gotten something out of all your comments, thank you. It’s great reading them.
    The thing that hit me the most was from the ‘other’ Suzanne, about the 10 commandments. Had never noticed this before.

  5. Sherri H on March 16, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    amen

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