THE LORD’S PRAYER Reminders in Prayer (1)
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Through prayer, we have continual access to God! And Jesus taught:
9 After this manner therefore pray ye:Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Prayer reminds us that we are part of a larger community of Believers. (v 9 “our”)
Prayer is the universal language of Christendom
Prayer should unite believers more than any other action
*Notice the pronouns in the above prayer.
All the first person pronouns in the Lord’s Prayer are plural.
…..Our Father – all believers have the same God, Savior and Lord
…..our daily bread – we have the same physical needs
…..forgive us our debts – we have all broken God’s law
…..our debtors – we have all been offended
…..us not into temptation – we all are susceptible to weakness
deliver us – we are all targets of Satan
Prayer reminds us that we are intimately connected to God. (v 9 “father”)
The relationship is intimate because it requires…
…..the blood of Christ. (Hebrews 10:19)
…..passage through Christ. (Hebrews 10:20)
Prayer reminds us that we are being prepared for our eternal home. (v9 “in heaven”)
God the Father is in Heaven. (Psalm 115:3; Revelation 4:1-3)
God the Son is in Heaven. (Hebrews 12:2)
God is preparing a place for His Children. (John 14:1-3)
God is preparing His Children for Heaven. (Romans 8:29; 1 John 3:2)
Prayer reminds us God must be Reverenced. (v 9 “Hallowed be thy name”)
There is power in His name. (Mark 16:17-18)
There is authority in His name. (Phil 2:10)
*Exodus 20:7 Do not take God’s name in vain!
Pastor Steve Kramm, Troutman Baptist Church, Troutman, NC