ENTHRONED IN HEAVEN
Jesus taught His disciples another principle of prayer when He spoke, “Our Father in heaven” (Matt 6:9).
When we pray to God, it is good to remember that God is a personal Being. He is not a mystical force, but a distinct Person. He has a place of habitation, on His throne of sovereignty over all of creation (Ps 11:4; 47:8). His “view” of our life and world is far above ours; His thoughts are greater and grander than ours could ever be (Isa. 55:8,9).
God is not limited by time or physical space. He has always existed; and He always will exist. He is eternal (Ps 90:2; 93:2). He is all-powerful and exalted above creation, governments, and all other forces.
Though God has established the laws of nature, He is not limited by them. He can make the sun stand still (Josh 10:12-14) or cause the earth to give torrential rain for many days (Gen 7:17-24). God is not part of creation; He is the Creator! God created the physical universe by calling it into existence by His Word (John 1:1-3; Col 1:13-17). God is in the place of highest power, authority and glory. Nothing can compare to God.
God knows and sees everything, even our thoughts (Ps. 139:4; Heb 4:13). God is very great and vast, and yet He is also very near – choosing to allow His presence to dwell within us (1 Cor. 3:16).
It is a most challenging thing to try and understand how the Living God – the great and glorious Sovereign over all the universe – is also our very near Father Who wants to have relationship with us!
The same God:
- Who spoke to Abraham, “I am Almighty God” (Gen 17:1);
- Who proclaimed to Jeremiah, “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” (Jer. 32:27);
- About Whom Jesus said, “with God all things are possible” (Matt 19:26);
… this is the very same God Who asks you today to talk to Him in prayer; and He desires to answer you and show you His ways!
HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME
The Lord’s pattern for prayer continues with, “Hallowed be Your name” (Matt 6:9).
God’s glory is supreme, above all our desires and needs. It is God our Father Whom we approach in prayer; but we are also approaching His throne as the Great King of the universe (1Ki. 22:19; Ps. 11:4; 83:18; Isa. 66:1).
The throne of God is an actual place, where innumerable angelic hosts are offering continual worship:“Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” (Rev 4:8).
The word “hallowed” comes from the same Greek root word as “holy”. It means to be holy, set apart, sanctified or separate. Jesus was teaching us that God the Father’s name, and thus His Person, is not something common or unclean. God is not like all the other gods and things that men make to worship. God, our Heavenly Father, is truly the only Sovereign God Almighty – set far apart from all other imitations – Who alone is worthy of our praise, devotion, love, worship and obedience. Nothing and no one can compare to the God of the Bible!