Summary: The first of five messages exploring the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6. Today's message, For His Glory, takes a look at the first petition, "Our Father in heaven hallowed be your name."
For His Glory • Matthew 6:9 • May 15-16, 2010
Introduction: The Lord’s Prayer is one of the most WELL-KNOWN prayers of Christianity. Many believe this model prayer provides the appropriate FORMULA for WHAT we should prayer. However, Jesus models for us the appropriate ATTITUDE for HOW we should pray.
As we begin this series… The Lord’s Prayer contains six PETITIONS. Three speak specifically of GOD. Three speak directly of MAN. It is encouraging that in this model prayer Jesus’ thought embraces both our physical and spiritual needs.
Tonight we will begin with what we might term the invocation.
Q: What does Jesus model for us in Matthew 6:9?
I. THE PERSONAL ATTRIBUTE OF GOD… Our Father…
- Notice Jesus didn’t teach us to pray “My Father”
- We are not to pray in isolation or even in individualistic terms (I John 5:1)
- Jesus is revealing a general pattern of praying
- “our” throughout Lord’s prayer not “mine”
a. Rare phrase – Jews of this period preferred exalted titles for God (Sovereign Lord, King of the Universe. Jesus called Him Father… “Abba” – an Aramaic word children would use to address their father. Not quite “my daddy” but more familiar than “my father”. Canadian children refer to fathers as “Papa”
b. NT Theme – JN 3 – born of God… Rom 8 – adopted by God… By his ministry, death, & resurrection Jesus made it possible for us to come to God Almighty and say, Our Father… This phrase reveals the special relationship between God and His followers. 1 John 3:1
c. There is an abundant relationship between God the heavenly father, and those who have become his children by faith in obedience toward his Son, Jesus Christ.
II. THE PRIVILEGED ACCESSIBILITY TO GOD… in heaven
- The Jews of Jesus’ day for the most part thought of God as so exalted that personal relationships were hard to imagine. They didn’t think it was possible to have personal access to Yahweh… (Ex. Moses cleft of rock)
- OT reference to tetragrammatan – YAHWEH… so reverenced His Name that they would not even say it…
- This is not a contradiction of Him as Father. When Jesus was revealing this model prayer he was talking to men who were already convinced of the awesomeness of God, His sovereignty, His majesty…
- When these men first prayed, Our Father in heaven imagine the tremendous privilege of approaching the marvelous God of the universe in a personal way.
- EXAMPLE TRIP TO SE ASIA & JESUS in Hong Kong
- When believers pray, “Our Father in Heaven” they cannot be anything but hushed and humbled.
III. THE PREEMINENT AIM OF GOD. Hallowed be your name
- First petition of the Lord’s Prayer
- Preeminent = superior.. suprassing.. (Col. 1:15-18)
- In Jewish culture, a person’s name is closely associated to what He is.
- Name of GOD is not combo of letters G – O – D .