The Privilege and Necessity of Prayer
From the archives this month, we are highlighting Rev. Kleyn’s series on Prayer.
“How is your prayer life? Are you one who prays often? Do you always know what to pray? Are you comfortable in the presence of God? Are your prayers characterized by worship of God and reverence for Him? Or do you only pray when you feel an immediate need for yourself?”
These questions prompt us to consider our prayer life, and what instruction we need on prayer. This series will teach us what to prayer, how to pray and how to do it!
What has helped you most in your prayer life?
Listen to Rev. Kleyn’s message here.
Praying to Our Heavenly Father
Our instructor in prayer is Jesus. When the disciples asked, “Lord, teach us to pray,” He gave them a prayer in Matthew 6 and Luke 11 that we commonly call the Lord’s Prayer…it was intended by Jesus especially as a guide or model after which we should pattern all of our prayers. Today we want to look at the introduction to the Lord’s Prayer, in which Jesus teaches us to approach God, saying, “Our Father which art in heaven.” Jesus, in this introduction, is teaching us how we should approach God in prayer. We should not begin by asking things of Him for ourselves. We should not begin with ourselves as though God needs to get down to business and help us. But we should begin with a humble realization of who God is and who we are before Him.
What does it mean to you that we pray to God as our Father? Rev. Kleyn teaches us four things about this relationship we have with God and how it impacts our prayers. Listen to Rev. Kleyn’s message here.
Hallowed Be Thy Name
The first petition that Jesus teaches us to make in our prayers is this: “Hallowed be Thy name.” As we come to this first petition, you might be thinking that this is rather abstract and distant from your life, that it is not very practical. But that is not true. Even though the first three petitions have to do with God, they are yet, in a very real sense, for us. When we pray for the hallowing of God’s name and the coming of His kingdom and the doing of His will, we are praying these for ourselves—that we hallow God’s name, that His kingdom may come to and in us, and that His will may be done by us.
To understand this petition, we have to understand what it means to be holy, what the name of God is, and how God makes His name holy. Learn more about this petition and the holiness of God’s name in Rev. Kleyn’s message found here.