Lesson Plan - Get It!
When we talk to, or otherwise deal with, someone, we like to know who we are dealing with. We want to know something about that person. God is a person, not a force or a ghost. Our view of Him will affect our confidence in prayer. Let's find out what kind of person He is!
Most letters begin with "Dear" someone, even if it's "Dear Occupant."
Just like a letter, Jesus begins the model prayer with the greeting we studied in the last Related Lesson: "Our Father, who is in heaven."
Let's find out more about who this "Father" is!
II. Accolade: Hallowed be your name
- Sanctification: The word "hallowed" means holy, clean, set apart, awe-full (God is truly "awesome." When someone calls me or my work "awesome" I reply, "Only God is awesome; I'm merely amazing."). God is completely set apart from His creation, yet he loves and cares for us sinners.
- Exalted: God's name is lifted up, and to be respected to the utmost. It is not to be casually thrown about. A low view of God results in worldliness, or unholiness. We are to revere His name, even to the point of fear and trembling (Psalm 2:11).
Ponder this statement from Dr. John MacArthur in Alone With God: "Discovering and believing truth about God demonstrates reverence for Him."
- Explained: Recognizing Christ's position gives confidence (1 Peter 3:14-16). We pray in Jesus' name, so we need to understand his position.
- In trials — But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened. But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord (1 Peter 3:14-16). When we exalt God, everything else falls into perspective. "Set apart" means to "sanctify" or "make holy."
- In testimony — Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander (1 Peter 3:14-16). Remembering Christ as Lord (a title for God) inspires holy behavior, submission, and hope. Good behavior shows the world that God is holy (1 Peter 1:16).
- Excused: Confessed sin brings cleansing and motivation for prayer. When we see His holiness, we see our sinfulness.
- If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened (Psalm 66:18).
- Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD": and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah. Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found (Psalm 32:5-6). For a grander view of the seriousness of sin and the freedom of forgiveness, read all of Psalm 32!