“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…’” (Matthew 6:9).
Heaven is not only the Father’s home, but also ours. We are to live there in our hearts.
Jesus started to pray by looking up, an act of praise. He immediately thought of God as His Father. Here was something utterly new. The God in glory was now the God resident within the believer. Yet the world in which Christ was living and working was not as heaven should be. There was dissonance between what He knew of God and what He knew the world to be. So He prayed for heaven’s presence and power to become real, rich, and tangible on earth.
In this first line of the prayer, Jesus began by focusing His thinking and His praying on God in heaven. Nothing would distract Him from this. Prayer begins with God and prayer ends with God. Jesus didn’t merely think of God. He thought of God in sinless, radiant, perfect, uncreated glory. Unlike any of us, Jesus thought of heaven as the dwelling place of God because He knew exactly what heaven was like. He came from there and was going to return there. He was reflecting on the glories of heaven from personal experience. Therefore, the center of His existence was there. This reality—of heaven’s power and glory—was the reality that would need to “come to earth.”
Father in heaven, Your name is holy and worthy to be praised. Continue to make me aware of the glory and power of Your name so that I never barge into Your Presence with my list of requests. May my desire always be to honor and respect You above all other things, people and situations.
–Adapted from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
As one who professes to “believe in the Holy Spirit,” praise God for his indwelling of all believers. Give thanks for his intimacy and power. Confess any tendency to rely on your own strength rather than God’s. Commit to becoming more sensitive to God’s ongoing presence. Ask God to increase your consciousness of continual companionship with him.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will fill each of your family and friends, bringing a deep sense of his presence. Ask him to fill your household with his power.
“Prayers not felt by us are seldom heard by God.” —Philip Henry
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