1 It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.”
2 And He said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins, For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.’”
“Hallowed” is not a term you hear very often, and likely one your seldom use.
While the word itself may sound a bit dated, its meaning still holds relevant significance for us. “Hallowed” means to honor as holy, greatly revered or respected. It reminds us of the stance we should take before God. Our position in prayer should be ever mindful of His perfect holiness and our extreme depravity apart from Him.
Time and time again throughout the Gospels, Jesus was found praying. There is much to be said about His prayer habits. He was always in the mode of prayer. Regardless of what was going on, Jesus made conversation with God a priority. He prayed constantly and sincerely.
Prayer shouldn’t be done mechanically, but in recognition of the relationship that exists with our Father.
Through prayer we are strengthened. Through prayer our perspective is properly adjusted so that our vision and desires align with God’s. It’s a spectacular process! So today, set aside doubt, skepticism, distractions, and busyness.
Make room in your life to pray. It’s for your own good and for His glory!
• Do you act first then pray, or pray first then act?
• Are your prayers mindlessly worded phrases you repeat every time you pray, or are your prayers filled with sincerity, genuineness, and great awe of Whom you are praying to?
• Pray this passage out loud. Say each word slowly and reflect on its meaning.