When Jesus’ disciples asked Him how they should pray, He responded by teaching them what we now call the Lord’s Prayer. This powerful model prayer provides key principles for deepening our connection with God through prayer.
Jesus starts by addressing God as “Our Father in heaven.” This intimate title reminds us that we can come to God as His dearly loved children. Despite His holiness, He welcomes us to converse with Him freely. Approaching God as our perfect heavenly Father affects our entire heart posture.
At the same time, Jesus balances this closeness with the reverent address of “hallowed be your name.” Intimacy with God does not breed casualness. He remains awe-inspiring in majesty, and we must never lose our reverence. But His holiness does not shut us out from His presence. Through Christ, we have access to boldly, yet humbly pour out our hearts to Him.
As beloved sons and daughters, we can trust our Heavenly Father to provide what we need, especially in our marriages. We don’t have to anxiously beg and badger Him. He already knows what we require before we even ask. Our prayers can flow from a place of resting in Him.
The Lord’s Prayer models speaking honestly with God about all aspects of life – our needs, sins, desires and struggles. Jesus shows us the safety of complete transparency. God can handle our real selves. We don’t have to put on false masks in prayer.
It is essential that we recognize that God is our Father, he’s relational, we’re his children and He desires us to come to him, while also realizing that he alone is holy; that his name and his character stands above all, and that we can go to him and trust that character as God often reminded His people in the Old Testament: reminding them to remember where he brought them and what he has accomplished. And we can do that when we come to him in prayer.