So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.”
When Jesus’ disciples asked Him how to pray, He taught them what we know now as the Lord’s Prayer. He started off saying, “Our Father in heaven.” The prayer goes on to talk about our daily bread, protection from evil, and forgiving others. But it’s significant that before we ask for our needs, before we ask for protection and guidance, God says, “I want you to acknowledge who you are. I want you to see yourself as My child.” We’re saying, “God, I know who I am. I belong to you. You’re my Father. You created me. You love me. You care for me. You protect me. You favor me.” If you don’t know who you are, the rest of this prayer is not going to be effective. You can’t ask in faith for your daily bread, your protection, and your guidance if you don’t know you’re His child. Because of who you are, you can stay in peace, knowing that your Father will do for you more than you can ask, think, or imagine.
Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your promise that I am Your child and You really are my Heavenly Father. Thank You that I don’t have to worry about if or how You’re going to work things out in my life or stress out when I don’t see things changing. I declare that I belong to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”