We begin the journey today into the Lord’s beautiful spoken prayer. I do so in hopes, personally, to pray His kingdom down over my own city. What power could we yield in the name of Christ as united believers joining together in the most well-known prayer around the world. You may read more about a movement, here. We come into a richness, a deeper understanding by taking each part and learning what Christ has taught us in the school of prayer.
Today, we proclaim a beautiful truth in the very first words….our address to a Holy God: Our Father
In these words we are agreeing with John 1:12:
“to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…”
and Romans 8:16:
“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”
We enter this prayer with great adoration of a God who has become our loving Father. We might note right away that until Christ came on the scene, God had not been referred to as Father. God was so revered, the use of His name was done so with great fear. Many names had been used, but it is through Christ that we can come into the family of God and acknowledge Him as Abba.
Christ himself walks us into the presence of God. It was Christ who said, “anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” (Jn 14:9) Because He and the Father are one, we come through Christ and pray, “Lord Jesus, reveal to us the Father.”
“No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son, and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Mt. 1:27
The greek word for “reveal” here is “apokalypto” – which is defined as (from cover) – remove a veil, to make manifest a thing previously unseen, secret or unknown.
How can we even begin here? What glory can be written down on pages with words here? What peek into this treasure trove of God can we make? I’m humbled. Help me, Lord.
The mystery of the gospel has been made known. Hidden for ages past, the veil has been lifted, even torn in two. And though we cannot look upon God for His glory, we can walk into this great mystery of Christ crucified. (note Rom. 16:25-26) And the mystery revealed is this:
Christ in you
Christ in me. Christ in us. Our salvation, our sanctification, justification. (Col. 1:27)
So as we come to the Father and ask Christ to reveal Him to us, the Spirit burns with agreement. He is in us. Revealing Him as we seek Him.
Yet, there is still more. More from this God of everything.
“He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals his thoughts to man, he who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the earth – the LORD God Almighty is his name.” Amos 4:13
He will reveal His very thoughts to man. The unsearchable wise thoughts of God.
Who- who will get this privilege? To hear from Jehovah God?
“The Lord confides in those who fear him.” Ps. 25:14
The other Hebrew meaning for the word used as fear is worship. Do we fearfully worship Him as the one true God? Do other gods compete for our worship?
The word confide is from the Hebrew word “yasad” – to consult; signifies a conversation among friends; a familiar acquaintance. Is He familiar with our prayers? Can we come to Him as a friend? As Moses did.
“Then Moses said, ‘Now show me your glory.’
And the LORD said, ‘I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence.’ ” Ex 33:18-19
All of His goodness is found in His glory. His GLORY! Can we ask Him that? Dare we. I shutter. The Lord gave Moses a “place near” God where he could stand on a rock. God covered Moses with His very hand lest Moses die from seeing the face of God.
——————————–> This is the God we get to call Father.
Lord Jesus, reveal to us the Father. The God who hides us in the shadow of His wings. The Father who offered up His Son for us. The Father to the fatherless, the widow, the orphan.
And may we be so intentional, so flat on the ground humble, so obedient that we listen for the Spirit’s prompting to whisper, “God, may I see your glory on this earth.”
In praying Our Father – slowly and intentionally, may we acknowledge:
- We are in the family of God.
- There are those who have yet to join the flock.
- There are souls all around us, fatherless
May we respond:
- Abba, Father, Protector, Lover of my Soul – I praise you for bringing me into your family
- May your glory be all over the earth, that all people will know you are God. May the name of Christ be lifted up in my city that all men may come to you, and may I say Yes to your Spirit as you draw me to witness and share your love
- Father, direct me to the fatherless, the orphan, the child in my city that is without food, shelter and love. Break my heart for what breaks yours, dear Father
- Lord Jesus, reveal to me the Father
- May I be obedient as you confide in me, dear Lord
This is Day 6 in a series on prayer. You may begin on Day 1 here.