Focus verse: Matt. 6:9 “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.”
Thirty years of walking on the earth, our Lord watched men pray; the hypocrites to be seen by men, the pagans to use vain repetitions. Disdainfully, Jesus tells His disciples not to do this. He gave us the model prayer which is outlined by first addressing God as our Father. This was a new concept to His Jewish followers who only prayed to God as Adoni (Lord) and Elohim (God).
This new concept, God is our Father, we are His children, was God’s plan from the Garden of Eden; even from the foundation of the world (Matt. 13:34-35; John 17:24). Jesus is communicating to humanity that the heart of God is to have a Fatherly relationship with humans. After all, He is the Father of Adam, and we are the children of Adam. The Son of God would become the Son of Man (Matt. 8:20) so that the sons of men could become the sons of God.
When we see God as our Father in Heaven, we realize that we can come to Him to know His will for our lives, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven”. We can also look to Him for the provision of our daily bread (“Give us this day our daily bread.”), the grace to help us forgive others (“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”), and the protection to deliver us from evil (“And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one”).
When we see God in this way, we realize that we’re not serving some all-powerful, unapproachable Being. Rather, we are serving the all-powerful Father God who desires us to come to Him as His children, trusting Him with every aspect of our lives (Heb. 4-16).
- Is God’s provision only food (our daily bread)? What else does He provide to us? Next Week’s Scripture: Matthew 6:12-15