What Prayer Is

imagesJesus said, “Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name’” (Matt. 6:9). Many Christians have repeated the same prayer, “Our Father,” over and over again. But this is wrong. Jesus did not give this prayer to be repeated again and again. He already said that we should not repeat the same words in prayer. Rather, Jesus taught this prayer as a model of prayer. Jesus gave this prayer as an example of the right way to pray.

Jesus said, ““Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven.” Jesus teaches us to pray to God as “our Father.” To call God your Father is to be related to Him as His child. Thus, Jesus is teaching us the basis of prayer. The basis of prayer is one’s relationship with God. Prayer is relating with God your Father.

Are you related to God as your Father through Jesus Christ? This prayer is only for people who are related to God as their father. There are three things we learn in this model of prayer. First, prayer is seeking the glory of God. “Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” The Greek word for, “hallowed” is hagiazo, which means, “Treat as holy, hold in reverence.” (Gingrich) But in the Greek, the verb, “hallowed,” is third person. Thus, it can be translated, “Let your name be treated as holy,” or “Let your name be held in reverence.”

What is the name of God? The name of God is the character and person of God. In the Bible, the name of God is the person of God (Mal 1:6; Isa 29:23; Ezek 36:23; John 12:28; 17:6).

Who will treat God’s name as holy? Who will hold God’s name in reverence? First, it is God who will treat His name as holy and set apart. Jesus’ prayer is similar to the Qaddish prayer in the synagogue. In the Qaddish prayer, the Jews ask for God to hallow His name. In the Jewish mind, for God to make His name holy is to fulfill His promises to Israel, with the establishment of His kingdom in Israel. It seems that God has not fulfilled His promises to Israel. To make God’s name holy is to bring His kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth. (Hagner)

Who else will treat God’s name as holy? Second, it is you and I. We should pray that God’s name will be treated as holy.

But how do we treat God’s name today? We say, “Oh, my God!” but that is not treating His name holy. We say, “Sus, Ginoo ko!” but that is not treating His name holy. Brethren, we should not use the name of God or Christ like that. We should learn to unlearn how we have use God’s name. Whatever way you have used God’s name, un-use it today!

Are you disappointed when people treat God’s name in vain? If you are disappointed, then you desire to treat God’s name holy. Jesus desire is to treat God’s name as holy and special.

Prayer is seeking the glory of God.

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