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A Prayer for Reverence (1 of 5)
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
In our text for this evening, we have what is commonly known as "The Lord's Prayer." However, this prayer might better be described as "The Model Prayer." It was a sample prayer that Jesus used to teach His disciples how to pray. The Lord's Prayer -- the Lord's great high priestly prayer -- is found in John 17. But, in this passage of Scripture before us tonight, we have the model prayer, the sample prayer, the pattern prayer that Jesus used to teach His disciples how to pray.
In the King James Version, this prayer contains only 66 words. It can be repeated in less than a minute. But despite its brevity, it has been an enormous benefit to multitudes of men and women, boys and girls.
Surely it has been repeated millions upon millions of times by countless numbers of human beings for nearly 20 centuries. And yet, in spite of so much use, in spite of so much repetition, in spite of so much worldwide familiarity, it has never lost its luster.
This evening we're going to look at the first segment of this prayer, and in so doing we shall recognize that it is a prayer for reverence. "Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name." It is a prayer for reverence.
Now, this is a prayer for reverence because initially it gives recognition to the One to whom we pray. This prayer is addressed to none other than God himself. The very essence of prayer demands reverence because of the One to whom we pray.
The first sentence of this prayer tells us at least three things about God. First of all, it tells us about the heart of God -- "Our Father" -- He has the heart of a loving father.
It tells us about the habitation of God -- "Our Father which art in heaven..."
Then it tells us about the holiness of God -- "Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name."
I. THE HEART OF GOD
Christianity introduced into the world the concept of one God -- not many gods, but one God. ...
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