The next part of the Lord’s Prayer I’d like to talk about is what follows, “Our Father.” In the last post, I wrote that part of what that “our Father” means is that He is our Father, which would indicate, as we think it through, that the Church is a family—and that we should love like it—steadfastly.

The next four words are, “who is in heaven.” I believe Jesus is teaching us to pray that not only do we have a Father, one who loves and cares for us as His very own children, but that this Father is not only loving, but sovereign. He is in a place that is not this place—earth. He is not subject to or under the control of the forces of this planet, whether they’re man-made or spiritual.

It’s one thing to be loving—it’s another to be so in control that you can make that love manifest in whatever way you please. Our love is extremely limited in comparison to God’s. I could say, “I love you,” but have no power or potential to show that love when you were in trouble or in need. In that case, my love wouldn’t mean much, at least in a practical way that made any difference. God has the power to do things on the earth that show His love for us. Obviously, the cross and resurrection are the supreme examples of His love, as well as His power. Nothing could have stopped the Lord from bringing both of those events to pass. The Christian God is perfectly powerful. By that, I mean that there is absolutely nothing that He cannot do—nothing. There is nothing that is beyond His ability to perform.

But this brings up another issue. If He loves us as a Father and He has to power to do absolutely anything, why doesn’t He help out like we think He should at times when we need Him? If we start thinking this way, we have already forgotten the first two words of this prayer: our Father. So, as we speak the very first six words of the Lord’s Prayer, we are enlisting a host of ideas. He loves us. We are His children. We who are born again actually have His spiritual DNA. He is powerful and can do whatever He pleases—He is sovereign. However, not only is He loving and powerful, He is wise. He is omniscient—He knows everything perfectly. He is good. He is kind. He is patient. He is peaceful. He is joyful. So, if He isn’t doing the things we would like Him to do, knowing He is our Father and sovereign, then we also must consider that He knows much more than we do about what we need and what is necessary for our growth and for His glory to be revealed in the earth. So, we trust Him. We trust and have faith that He is loving, good and kind.

These first six words of the Lord’s Prayer, if we pray them in Spirit and in truth, will cause us to worship Him in a profound way from the outset of our prayers. Let’s move past mindlessly repeating a prayer to truthful, meaningful worship.

I kinda understand these first six words. It’s the next four that I’m having trouble understanding. That’s next time.