The words ‘Our Father’ remind us of God’s unconditional love. Ever looked into the eyes of a suffering child and wanted to make them well, but found you lacked the power? ‘…who art in Heaven’ reminds us of God’s unlimited power to do what we can’t. ‘I am… the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?’ The answer in the Hebrew language comes back, ‘No, absolutely nothing; everything with You will be extraordinary.’ You can have total confidence that what God’s love prompts Him to do, His power enables Him to do. ‘Hallowed be Thy name’ distinguishes His name and character from all others. ‘Hallowed’ in Greek indicates He’s unlike others, different, special, the only One. In an age where respect for authority is disappearing, because it challenges our self-importance, Jesus teaches us to pray, ‘Heavenly Father, enable us to give You the place Your Holy Name and character deserve.’ ‘Thy kingdom come.’ Jesus came preaching God’s kingdom; it was the heart of the Gospel. The Kingdom incorporating Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and so on was past. The present Kingdom includes all who acknowledge Jesus as Lord. And the future kingdom encompasses the whole earth at Christ’s return. Each time you submit to God’s will, His Kingdom is brought into operation. As a believer, you are in His Kingdom, and His power is available to you. ‘Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.’ (Matthew 6:10 KJV) In heaven God’s will is never questioned. Nor should it be in your life. And Jesus instructs us to pray and believe that what happens in Heaven will also happen through you here on earth.
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