READ: Psalm 8
- A thousand years before Jesus came, David sang a song that elevated the majesty of God. In it, he recounted God’s actions as creator of the universe, yet caretaker of frail humanity. He acknowledged the great name of God. He elevated God as the One whose name is hallowed, so He is to be acknowledged.
- To pray, seriously, “your will be done,” requires the prayer to have a knowledge of the One to whom he is praying. To suggest asking for a god’s will to be achieved would be foolish if you didn’t know what kind of will a god might have. What if you were praying to a capricious god or a cruel god? What kind of will does a vindictive god have? Jesus invites us to pray to His Father, whose character is that of love and grace and mercy and justice.
- The first step for each believer interested in committing to the words of the Lord’s Prayer is to commit to the God of the Lord’s Prayer. There must first be acknowledgment that God is over all and above all and that He surpasses all. In our heart of hearts, there must be a deep-seated reverence for God. He is worthy of that reverence.
- Make a list of words like “majestic” that describe God.
- Why did you include those particular words?
- Commit to hallowing the name of God in worship as we meet and worship corporately.
PRAY: Repent of any irreverent use of God’s name. Pray that God will keep you sensitive to His majesty. Ask God to receive your prayers in the reverence that fills your heart.