Read Luke 11:1-4. How do these verses help us to understand how prayer works?
Father is Christ’s favorite way of describing God and is so recorded at least 170 times in the four Gospels.
In addressing God as our Father, we acknowledge that God is a Person, capable of the most intimate relationship with humans. God is as personal, as real, as loving, and as caring as a human father. But He is the Father in heaven. He is different from our earthly father, for He is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, and perfectly holy.
Father in heaven forever reminds us that God is holy and personal and that Christianity is neither a mere philosophic idea nor a pantheistic notion of a god who is everything.
Hallowed be Your name (Luke 11:2, NKJV). Here we have another reminder of the holiness and sacredness of God. Those who claim to follow the Lord must sanctify His name in word and deed. To claim to follow Him and yet to sin against Him is to defile that name. The words of Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23 can help us better understand what it means to hallow God’s name.
Your kingdom come (Luke 11:2, NKJV). The Gospels refer to the kingdom of God more than 100 times: nearly 40 in Luke, nearly 50 in Matthew, 16 in Mark, and 3 in John. It is what Jesus came to reveal and establish, both in the present reality of the kingdom of grace and in the future promise of the kingdom of glory. Without entering the first kingdom, there would be no entry into the second, and it is the Savior’s wish that His disciples should experience the first in anticipation of the second.
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Luke 11:2, NKJV). The will of God is recognized and obeyed in heaven. Jesus takes that fact and converts it into a hope that such will be the case on earth, as well.
On earth suggests not generality but particularity. Let the will of God be done on earth, but let it begin with us, with each one of us personally.
Do you know the Lord, or just about Him? In what ways can your prayer life draw you closer to Him?