As we go through this time of prayer, I also wanted to draw our attention to the various things the New Testament church prayed for. One of the things they prayed for (and there will be several pulled from this) was from the Lord’s Prayer. As a part of their prayers, the exalted God’s name in the world.
They called on God to exalt his name in the world.
Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name – Matt. 6:9
When Jesus was teaching them how to pray, he started his prayer with this, “Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name.” The way Jesus taught His disciples to pray was to begin by exalting the name of God. This is the point of it all. This was a part of why Jesus came to earth, to bring glory to His Father’s name. Just before Jesus would endure the cross, he prayed the following prayer:
27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!”
Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.
So, as we join the early church in how they prayed, we also join Jesus in how he prayed. They called on God to exalt His name in the world. And that is exactly what we want, to lift high the name of Jesus.
The Three for Morning, Afternoon and Evening.
Now to Next Prayer
What do we need to do now as a church to be ready for what God has for us next.
What’s My Role Prayer
We also need to be praying for God to show us the role we will play individually in accomplishing that mission.
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.