“Search me, O God, and know my heart!” Psalm 139:23 A few years ago, I had the opportunity to lead...
“Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.’” Matthew 6:9
I was 13 when I remember praying, “Lord, please help me to become a Top Gun pilot. I want to be as good as Maverick. If that doesn’t work…help me to be a Dallas Cowboy. Thank you. Amen.” Do you remember instances where you prayed in a similar way? Maybe your prayer wasn’t to be a cool pilot, or to play in the NFL, but you get the point. We know that we need to pray. Often, we’re just a little unsure of what it is that we should be asking of God.
When I was little, I learned this first section as, “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.” Did you catch that? We should begin by declaring to God that we know with clarity who we are talking to—our Father in heaven, holy and lifted high is your name!
In Matthew 6, Jesus teaches the disciples how to pray. He tells the disciples to, “Pray then like this…” That should cause our ears to perk up. Jesus, the rescuer of the world, is about to teach us how to pray.
Maybe you would describe yourself as someone who prays. Yet, candidly, your prayer life isn’t everything you want it to be. The beginning of a transformative prayer life is getting to a place where your life is personally transformed. This happens when you know God intimately through His Son, Jesus. That’s when you can pray with assurance of knowing the One to whom you are praying.
Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that You are God. Your name is holy. Help me in this process of seeing my prayer life transformed. Thank You for being an ever-present Lord. Amen.
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