January 8, 2023

The Prayer of Recognition

Pastor: Jeff Bedwell Series: Lord, Teach Us to Pray Topic: Prayer Scripture: Matthew 6:9–13

Lord, Teach Us To Pray 
The Prayer of Recognition 
Matthew 6:9-13

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”” (Luke 11:1, ESV)

The First Petition – Matthew 6:9

Hallow – respect, revere, honor, Value, praise, adore

Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.” (Psalm 29:1–2, ESV)

Name - Character, may also include one’s reputation

“God’s name is synonymous with his person, his presence and his power, and is therefore held in the highest honor.”

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” (Psalm 20:7, ESV)

I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world.” (John 17:6, ESV)

The different names that God used to reveal himself to us reveal different aspects of his character and his Relationship with his people

How Do I Hallow God’s Name?

  1. By Thinking The Right Thoughts

God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24, ESV)

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)

Discovering and believing truth about God demonstrates reverence for Him

  1. By Speaking The Right Words

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1, ESV)

I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.” (Psalm 138:2, ESV)

The words we use in speaking toward God or about God reveal the reverence (or lack thereof) we have for Him

  1. By Living The Right Way

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31, ESV)

You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” (Matthew 15:7–9, ESV)

As a part of God’s family, everything we do, wherever we are cast a reflection on Him

The First Petition

  • First in Order
  • First in Priority

“My conclusion is that this petition is the main point of the prayer and that all the others are meant to serve this one.  In other words, the structure of the prayer is not merely that the last three serve the first three, but that the last five serve the first.”  John Piper

“If I were to rephrase this first part of the Lord’s Prayer, I believe I would say, “My Father in heaven, my first desire is that in everything you might have preeminence.” James Boice

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!” (Psalm 115:1, ESV)

When God is most Honored, I am most Blessed

Six Benefits Of Honoring God’s Name

  • Worship Enhances our appreciation and love for God
  • Worship Expands our vision
  • Worship Eclipses our fears
  • Worship Energizes our work
  • Worship Refreshes our spirit
  • Worship Exhausts our enemy

“Here is the bottom line: sin kidnapped our worship, and grace works to restore it to its rightful owner—God. It is only when God is in his rightful place in our hearts that everything else is in its appropriate place in our lives, and only powerful grace can accomplish this.” Paul Tripp

Making It Personal: 

  • How will I make spending time in prayer a priority for my life in this New Year? 
  • What new perspective did I gain about what it means to hallow God’s name from today’s teaching? 
  • How can I apply today’s teaching to my personal prayer life? 
  • Focus on prayer as we begin a New Year by working through the book, “21 Days of Breakthrough Prayer”
  • Who can I share these truths with?

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