There’s no one reading this blog that hasn’t read the Lord’s Prayer in the book of Matthew and the book of Luke. In the book of Luke the disciples of Jesus after hearing Him pray asked if He would teach them to pray.
Luke 11:1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
Here we read of Jesus disciples wanting to learn how to pray so they asked one who knows how to get in touch with His heavenly Father. If you and I ever want to learn something we must have someone teach us that knows what they are doing. Here we read basically an outline of the way we are to pray. The very first thing that caught my attention is that word “Hallowed” what is that and what does it mean?
Luke 11:2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
The word “hallowed” means- o make holy, that is, (ceremonially) purify or consecrate; (mentally) to venerate: – hallow, be holy, sanctify. The very first thing Jesus teaches His disciples is to realize who God is. He’s not the man upstairs, the big man or the man in charge and we are not to approach Him in that manner. We are to come before His presents by calling Him our Father and then we are to show reverence to His name.
Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. It’s important that we reverence His name for there is none like Him; and that’s respect.
Act 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Our Father, there is no one in your category there is no one like you, I’m in the presence of purity. The first thing Jesus wants us to learn about pray, recognize who you are talking to, not what you’re asking for. It could be that we are requesting without repentance and we might be guilty of praise without purity. Our Father “Hallowed” be thy name. When you and I pray do we “Hallowed” His name? Or do we just jump into our prayer asking for God to do something for us and not with us. Lord, teach us that we might know so we can in return teach others. That’s what the Apostle Paul told Timothy.
2Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
The Lord taught the Disciples; the Disciples taught others and one of those others taught Paul and Paul taught Timothy. Paul told Timothy to teach not just anybody but faithful men that will be able to reproduce it in others. Do you plan on teaching anyone anything spiritual? I sure hope so and I don’t know of a better time to start than this week. Write a name down, pray over it and then ask the Lord to help you start teaching. Reproduce yourself in someone!