9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
This is the first of a series taking a look at the model of prayer that Jesus gave His disciples. He had just told them in vs 7 not not pray as the pagans did, who thought the more words they used, the better. Instead, Jesus taught them to pray to God in a different way, a way that was even more relational then a friendship or fellowship.
The phrase “Our Father in heaven” is coupled with “hallowed be Your name”. So the loving, merciful God who cares so deeply about us is also the infinite God whose very name is hallowed or holy. Verse 10 shows the wholehearted agreement of the heavenly Father’s children that they want what He wants. They intensely desire to be in His kingdom, to do His will, and to live His way of life and love in their lives.
In the second part of the series, we will we will be looking at how our Heavenly Father wants us to live our lives for Him.
In His love and service,