Ultimate Priority - Worship . . . Part 3
WORSHIPPING THE FATHER Page
GOD'S PRIORITY (3)
V. 9 ** Still here in verse nine, what priority does Jesus place
before us as we worship God in prayer?
"Hallowed be Thy name" lit. "hagiazo", to make
holy. God alone is holy and here Jesus is calling us to attribute to
God the holiness that He already has. It means to revere, honor, glorify
and obey Him as singularly perfect. cf. 1Peter 3:15
We most hallow His name when we behave in conformity to His will!
cf. Matthew 7:21, 1Corinthians 10:31
GOD'S PROGRAM (4)
V.10 ** What is God's program for His kingdom?
For it to come! The kingdom of God was embodied in Abraham, Isaac and
Jacob in the past (Matthew 8:11) and was present in the time of Jesus'
earthly ministry (Luke 17:20-21), but here the particular focus is on
the future coming kingdom of God.
We worship God, our Father, when we align ourselves with the program
of His coming kingdom, both in the salvation of souls now (Matthew 18:4)
and the earthly reign of Jesus (Revelation 20:4-6).
GOD'S PLAN (5)
V.10 ** If our worship is to be sincere, we must embrace God's
plan, how is that expressed by Jesus in this verse?
"Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven"
When we worship God by praying "Thy will be done", we are
praying first of all that God's will become our own will. That is worship!
Jesus did just that in the garden (Matthew 26:39 and 42). Second, we
are praying for His will to prevail on the earth as it does in heaven.
cf. Psalm 103:19-22
As we are learning what Jesus has to say about "Worshipping the
Father" we have seen God's Purpose, Paternity, Priority, Program
and Plan, next let's look at His gracious Provision.
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