Praying in Reverence

Matthew 6:9

 “This, then, is how you should pray:
” ‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,

When it comes to prayer, attitude is very important.  Some people approach God in a demanding mindset.  Often in desperation, they demand that God answer their prayer in order to prove that He is real and that He loves them.  While God may still respond to such a prayer, it is not because He is threatened by a demanding tone or feels the need to prove Himself.

Instead, when we approach God, we should do so in reverence.  We are communicating with our Almighty Creator.  We wouldn’t do well to speak to our boss or parents in a bad tone; with God this idea is multiplied many times over.

When we speak to God, we need to remember that He is holy and we are not.  Even the greatest Christian is still saved only because of God’s forgiveness.  We have no right to demand anything and should come to God with an attitude of thanksgiving.

When we hallow the Lord’s name, we recognize that He is above us.  It is an act of humility and it is important that we recognize that God is the one who is capable of answering our prayers.  That is why we pray in the first place.  Our prayers don’t deserve to be answered because of anything that we have done.  We are simply calling upon our Creator for help.

When we remember who God is and who we are in comparison, it is easier to pray properly, asking for what is best for us and what will bring God the most glory rather than just what we want.

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