Who better to teach us how to pray than Jesus himself? In Matthew 6, He gives us the gift of a road map to guide us in our times of prayer. As Jesus teaches us, we are first and foremost to focus our minds on who we’re praying to. We address our prayers to our Father in heaven. This is a wonderful picture of a sovereign God who is also an intimately close Father. God is not just any father, but is a good father who embraces a prodigal son, and protects and provides for all His children. So we can lean into prayer with complete trust in the caring comfort and character of our God.
Jesus continues by saying, “Hallowed be your name” or “Holy is your name.” The order is noteworthy. At the beginning of prayer we are instructed to have a posture of worship towards our Father in heaven. The one to whom we are praying has a name that is holy and is to be exalted. Our God is high and lifted up, set apart from any other being.
Psalm 29:2 instructs us to “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness.” There is no one like our God. So as we begin in prayer, we enter into a sacred place where Jesus reminds, “Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be your name.” We come before God in awe and humility, with great expectations and hope. “For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.” Psalm 52:9