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February 27, 2018, 10:26 AM

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Feb 27, 2018

Matthew 6:9 (KJV)
9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Jesus, after teaching what not to do, begins in vs. 9 to give a model to help us pray. What to do! While praying this prayer isn’t wrong, it is a guide more than verbal. It instructs us in how to pray.

Who are we praying to? We are led by the Spirit, through the Son, to the Father. Our Father, I have heard many names and titles used to address, but this seems to be the best. Heavenly Father, Father, Father God and even Daddy are some. The address is different according to our current need or our current relationship. Abba Father when we need the soft assurance of His presence. Most Holy God when we  need forgiveness.

Hallowed be thy name. “We give glory to God; it may be taken not as a petition, but as an adoration; as that, the Lord be magnified, or glorified, for God's holiness is the greatness and glory of all his perfections. We must begin our prayers with praising God”. (Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible.) Prayer seems to be very one sided. We ask God for stuff all the time, but do we ever just stop and give Him praise?

Sometimes it would be good to just talk. Maybe ask Him what He thinks of all the plans you have made. I am sure He could use a good laugh! God’s desire is to have a relationship with you. He sent His son to make it so and gave us His Spirit to seal it. God wants to be your Heavenly Father. We are blessed.

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