Sunday evening, I heard a teaching about the Lord’s Prayer from my pastor, Pastor Tim Bagwell. It’s one of the best explanations. I’ve had a few days to mull the principles he set forth and it’s changed my prayer life dramatically. I’ve experienced peace and a greater knowledge of the Lord.
Jesus taught the multitudes during the Sermon on the Mount, as recorded in Matthew, chapter 5. He proceeded with His teaching in Matthew 6:5-15 and taught them how to pray.
Luke 11:2 notes one of the disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Whether this occurred at the same time or later isn’t known. The main point is that, as Pastor Bagwell said, Jesus educated them to pray this way and we should pay attention too.
The Lord’s Prayer begins with “Our father, who art in heaven.” Pastor Bagwell talked about establishing your relationship with God before you pray.
Some of us haven’t had a good relationship with our father on earth and some of us have had a terrific one. Whatever the case may be, Jesus confirmed that God was not only His father, but also ours. He said our Father, which makes Jesus our brother. When you think about God as your father and brother, it’s a little mind-boggling.
What does a Father do, or what should a Father do? A Father, first of all, begets his child. As Christians, we know we’re born again into the family of God. A Father nurtures his children, cares for them and provides. Does he carry them on his back all the time? No, he helps them to grow.
Matthew 7:11 says, “If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him!”
The God of heaven and earth is our Father. What a wonderful privilege to enter His presence through this relationship.
Next, I’ll discuss “hallowed be thy name.”