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Introduction to The Lord's Prayer [part 2 of 3]


A personal relationship- I am His child. ( My needs- God is personal; He is concerned about me and my needs!)

The prayer could have begun "My," but Jesus was speaking to His disciples, so he made it public as it were. Yet in the context, it was meant to be "secret."

Still either of these words indicate 'personal" pronouns, leading us to conclude Prayer to God is first "Personal," and thus very intimate.


A family relationship- He is my Father. (I can cry out to Him 'Daddy' - Abba)

Rom.8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father."

Jesus had this kind of relationship. See also

Mk. 14:36 And He said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will."

Meditation on Father Charles H Spurgeon

ADORATION -- The First Prayer Principle

Hallowed be Your Name -- God wants to be set apart from all others. 

God wants us to ‘set His name apart’ from all other things in order to please Him.

Hebrews 6:6 But 1)without faith it is impossible to please Him:

for he that cometh to God must believe 2) that He is,

and 3) that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Without faith we cannot know who God is and what He does because He cannot be seen with the mortal eye.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

The two ways to have faith are

1) to believe that "He Is..." The verb here is "being," "to be," that is "to exist." In other words, we have to trust in the fact that God does exist with a recognizable character even though He cannot be seen nor His existence proven.

2) to believe that "He is a rewarder..." This means that He does Works that reward those who exercise faith in Him.

He Is -- describes His Attributes, and thus is the first sub-category of 2 for this prayer principle.

He is a rewarder -- describes His Works, the second.

1A.1B. Adoration-God's Identity | 1A.2B. Adoration - God's Activity

For orientation go to the Context outline page if you need to see the context of the prayer principles, or just proceed to the First Prayer Principle: 1A.1B. Adoration-God's Identity