Matthew 6:9 – … “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
God Is Our Father
Have you ever noticed that the Lord’s Prayer is “plural?” Jesus said, “When you pray say, ‘Our Father.’ ” He didn’t say, “My Father.” In the entire prayer, there are 8 plural pronouns, us, our, and we. This in no way takes away from having a personal relationship with God. But what this does, it reminds us, we are part of a family! When we become born again, it takes the “me and mine,” out of prayer and replaces it with “us and we.” This prayer should remind us that when we pray, we pray for others needs as well as ours.
Ephesians 3:14 – For this reason, I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Verse 15) from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.
The family of God is the entire body of Christ. He is Lord of all! He sees all and is above the earth, therefore, He is over all the earth.
Hallowed only appears in the New Testament twice, Matthew 6, and Luke 11. And yet the Greek word is in the New Testament about thirty times. Twenty-six times it’s translated “Sanctified.” The best way to understand Hallowed is: Sanctify thy great name! It means that God is set apart from all evil in our life. We have to understand that our Father is not causing the evil that comes in our life.
Most of the time when you see the word Hallowed or Sanctified in the Old Testament, you will also see the word “profane.”
Leviticus 22:32 – “You shall not profane My holy name, but will be hallowed among the children of Israel. I am the Lord who sanctifies you. In this verse, hallowed and sanctified are the same Hebrew word.
So God wants to set us apart from the bad and the evil that is happening to us. In Scripture, Jesus tells us about two fathers, one bad and one good. And every one of us starts out with the bad father, but when we accept Christ, the good Father becomes our Father which art in heaven.
Please don’t get them confused. There are two fathers in Scripture and anything we saw in our earthly father that was good, he got from God. And everything you might have seen from your earthly father that was bad, he got from Satan, the other father.
I believe when we pray to “Our Father,” we need to understand a little bit about that person we call Father. But first know this:
Satan Is The Bad father.
John 8:38 – “I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father. (Verse 39) They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham. (Verse 40) “But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. (Verse 41) “You do the deeds of your father.” Then they said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father – God.”
(Verse 42) Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent me. (Verse 43) “Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. (Verse 44) “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”
Jesus is talking to Jews that are not redeemed and He tells them that their father is the devil. Then He goes on to say that their father is a murderer and a liar and has been from the beginning. Satan’s main desire is to kill all of God’s children. Jesus says that when he speaks, he lies. How does he do this? By putting thoughts in our head contrary to God’s word.
I can’t stress this enough: If a thought comes in your head that is not according to God’s principles, standards, or Jesus’ teachings, it is a lie from Satan. Anything that contradicts the Word of God is a lie. When people have thoughts that God doesn’t love them or God can’t forgive me, that is a lie straight from Satan’s mouth!
Please remember this: All of God’s wrath was poured out and satisfied on the cross. God is not angry with His children. The question is, however, have you received His forgiveness? Don’t believe the lies. God’s word tells us the truth.
God Is The Good Father
James 1:13 – Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. (tempted – enticed to sin in this passage) (Verse 14) But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. (Verse 15) Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. (Verse 16) Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. (Verse 17) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
Don’t’ be deceived because everything evil in a person’s life does not come from God. God cannot be evil and no evil is found in Him. God cannot be touched by or approached by evil. He’s telling us that if there is evil desires in a person’s life, it is because they were drawn away by their own desires. Satan will take a person’s desire and turn it into something evil.
But God tells us that with every temptation He will provide a way of escape! He will not even allow us to be tempted above what we are able to withstand.
Why would any person talk to a person who thinks that they are the one that caused their problems? Too many people blame anything bad that happens to them on God. It didn’t come from God. It’s either their fault or they listened to the wrong father and made the wrong choice. However, we do have times of testing and trials to make a stronger child of God.
But our heavenly Father can take what the devil meant for evil and turn it around for our good. God is that good! He is the Father of lights.
When Jesus is talking to Mary in the garden He says this: John 20:17 – Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ “
This refers to Jesus and us! So when we say “Our Father,” we are including Jesus, the One who died for me so I could talk to You, my God!
For those who didn’t have a good father on earth, remember you have been adopted by a new Father who is good all the time! There is no reason to remain unhealed for an earthly father’s wound. God loves His children and only wants the best for us.
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name!