Learning To Pray

"AND it came about that while He was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray…”

Luke 11:1

Praying is simply talking to God many will say but is it? The disciples of Jesus recognized early on that Jesus not only had a powerful and effective prayer life but one that was intimate too so they asked Him to teach them to pray. In what has become known as, “The Lords Prayer” in Matthew 6 we find a model for how to frame our prayers. Jesus told His disciples to “pray in this manner” meaning to use this prayer as a guide when praying on our own.

The Lords prayer begins by “hallowing” God’s name yet few probably of us are even aware if thats something we do or is it something God does or is it a combination of us and God working together? I read an article at Christianity.com regarding the word “Hallowed” that hopefully will help and it said, “To hallow something is to regard it as holy, to keep it as sacred. And so, when Jesus says you should pray, "Hallowed be your name," it's a prayer that the name of God, that God himself and the things of God would be revered; recognized as holy, and worthy, and beautiful. It's in a sense, it's Jesus pointing us back to the third commandment: "Do not take the name of the Lord your God in vain." Right? "Do not take God's name in vain," doesn't mean simply don't use God's name as a curse word, but it means don't treat God or the things of God trivially; they're serious, sober, weighty eternal matters.”

The article goes on to say, “And so, when the Christian prays, "Hallowed be your name," it's a desire for the name of God and the fame of God to be known worldwide.” But which name? Try this today when you pray. Pray through each of the names of God and meditate on who and what and all that He is. Below are the names of God we find in scripture to help us understand better who God is and what He does and provides so we can pray effectively when we pray and set out to hallow our Father in heaven. Enjoy!

Eloah, means “God mighty, strong and prominent.”
Elohim which means, “God Creator mighty and strong”.
El Shaddai means “God almighty.
Adonai means “Lord” as does YHWH or Yahweh, or Jehovah.
Yahweh-Jireh means “The Lord will provide”  
Yahweh-Rapha means “The Lord who heals.”
Yahweh-Nissi means “God is our banner” or our rallying place.
Yahewh-M’Kaddesh means “The Lord who sanctifies”
Yahweh-Shalom means “The Lord our peace”.
Yahweh-Elohim means “Lord God”.
Yahweh-Tsidkenu means “The Lord our righteousness.”
Yahweh-Rohi means “The Lord our Shepherd”  
Yahweh-Shammah means “The Lord is there”.
Yahweh-Sabaoth means “The Lord of Hosts”.
El Elyon means “Most High”
El Roi means “The God who see’s”
El-Olam means “everlasting God”
El-Gibhor” which means “Mighty God”.

I can’t think of a better way to start the day than sitting at the feet of Jesus being reminded in prayer of who God is and knowing the benefits that are ours as we go about our day…

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”

Isaiah 26:3


Michael Osthimer





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