Jesus taught and shared with His disciples a lot of things, and during that time, His disciples wanted to learn how to pray.
So in Matthew 6:9 (MEV), He said, “Therefore pray in this manner:
Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name.
In the first few opening words of prayer, Jesus is providing direction for our prayer.
He is making sure our prayer, our request is directed to heaven, where the Father is seated, and the request is addressed correctly.
First, let us understand the meaning of two words; prayer, and hallowed.
Merriam-Webster defines prayer as:
- an address (such as a petition) to God in word or thought
- a set order of words used in praying
And hallowed is defined in Merriam-Webster as:
- Holy, consecrated
- Sacred, revered
When we pray or request for something, we have to address the request to our holy, consecrated, sacred, revered, Father in heaven. His name is so holy, consecrated, sacred and revered, that His name is not even used, not written, not spoken, not even whispered.
Jesus told us to pray to “our” Father. This one word in the prayer is very powerful and profound.
Our is defined in Merriam-Webster as:
- of or relating to us or ourselves or ourself especially as possessors or possessor, agents or agent, or objects or object of an action
Our Father, who is in heaven, is our possessor, our agent, and the person of action, to answer our prayer.
In John 10:25-30 (MEV), Jesus makes an astonishing statement. He talks about those that are His, and more importantly, those that are the Fathers.
Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you did not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name bear witness of Me. But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life. They shall never perish, nor shall anyone snatch them from My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them from My Father’s hand. My Father and I are one.”
When we pay close attention to the words Jesus spoke, we see that these sheep are not only the hand of Jesus but also in the hand of the Father as Jesus and the Father are one.
Therefore when we are praying, we need to realize that we are not praying alone, but with Jesus, as His Father placed us in the hands of Jesus.
A soldier not knowing how to fight is just a person in uniform. A soldier knowing how to fight is always enlisted for the Kingdom.David Peterson – Founder Pray for Life