Jesus not only taught the disciples to focus on the goodness and greatness of God, but He also taught them to place their focus on the purity of God. He taught them to pray, “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Your name” (Matthew 6:9).
The name of God is holy because He is holy. Names had a special meaning to the ancient Hebrew people. The name of a person many times represented the character of that person.
Jesus taught that when we come into the presence of God, we enter the presence of absolute purity. We can come into His presence only by the blood of the Lamb, with clean hands and a pure heart. We must enter His presence with a sense of reverence and awe, for God is holy.
We must open the door of prayer with our focus on God. We acknowledge His goodness, greatness, and purity with praise and thanksgiving. Something supernatural transpires when we offer to Him the sacrifice of praise from our hearts. God dwells in the midst of the praises of His people. And praise quickly becomes worship.
After Jesus taught His disciples to open the door of prayer with praise, He taught them to close the door of prayer in worship. Jesus taught His disciples to end prayer with their hearts basking in the glory of God. He taught them to pray, “For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen” (Matthew 6:13).
–Adapted from The Prayer Factor by Sammy Tippit
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name! I honor You and give thanks for the precious sacrifice that allows me to have access to Your throne room! You alone are completely good, pure and holy! That You dwell in the midst of my praise is too amazing for my mind to comprehend, and yet I trust that it is true! For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever! Amen!
Praise God as the one who will soon crush Satan under your feet (Rom. 16:20). Thank him for revealing the mysteries of his salvation to you (16:25-27). Asking God to show you your sin, confess any ways in which you have been involved in causing divisions in Christ’s people or have put up obstacles that impeded the spread of his Word (16:17-18). Commit yourself to being “wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil” (16:19).
Pray for workers to go into the harvest fields of the world. Ask God to prompt his people to abundant contributions of finances, prayer, and encouragement to send these missionaries.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend