‘Our Father in heaven hallowed be Your name’.
Our Father – an introduction to worship!
Due to the very nature of what I do I’m privileged to travel and see what God is doing in far away places. When my kids were younger and I came home from trips I’d open the front door and more often than not they’d shout, “Daddy”. Something in their tone indicated to drop my bags and get ready for the big jump. And boy, did they jump! I loved coming home from such trips, and often thought of the welcome I’d get.
Now when we say, “Father” (in the context of prayer) it signals something to God (to get ready for the jump), he’s waiting for worship, he’s expecting it, he’s anticipating it! Father hallowed be your name! Often though, for many of us, if we’re honest our prayers start with, ‘Father, give me, Father, what have you got for me, Father, I need. .’. We often launch into requests without giving God our worship. Imagine how I’d feel if every time I opened the door and my kids asked, ‘Daddy, what have you got me’, Daddy, I need . . ? Can you imagine how I’d feel? It’s the same with God. Before praying about our own welfare and that of others, Jesus reminds us that worship must come first.