The Lord’s Prayer focus:
MT 6:9 Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Verse of the week:
Romans 8:14-16 “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”
Jesus teaches me to approach my Heavenly Father in prayer before I do anything else. Yes, He is holy, and I acknowledge that, but first I come as His child. And if an earthly father melts at the sound of his child’s cries of “Daddy,” how much more does my Heavenly Father turn His face in joy at my cry.
If I can remember that He is my Daddy, I will have a different faith level when I pray. My dad would do anything for me because I’m family. I do not need to earn the right to speak to Him or to expect His answer. My position in Him allows me the right of expectancy.
Even better, it just so happens that my Daddy is the Holy Lord, creator of the universe. As His child I carry His name. It is my safe place and no other name has authority in my life.
So from now on I shall start all my prayers from the position of the child of YHWH, the LORD of the universe.
Matthew 6:5-15 NIV
This, then, is how you should pray: ‘OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’