"This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,” – Matthew 6:9
Jesus’ disciples witnessed him do many things during his brief earthly ministry. They witnessed miracles, healings, teachings, rebuking, and they also witnessed Jesus withdraw from them to pray.
They witnessed the authority and power that Jesus had, and Jesus trained and taught them how they too had the same authority and power through prayer.
But as the disciples witnessed Jesus pray, they asked him, “Lord, teach us to pray.”
So, Jesus shared a simple example of prayer. He began by first glorifying God. “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name..,”
Jesus example here teaches us to begin prayer by seeking God’s face (exalting God for who He is). This sets our hearts rightly before God. It reminds us that God is over all, Maker of all, and is to be exalted above all! All other people, circumstances, and things, are beneath Him. Jesus demonstrated this in only one sentence, but He gives us all the time we desire to exalt God in our hearts, minds, and words when we pray.
Each time you pray, begin by revering, exalting, and lifting up God in your heart. After you’ve begun this way, you may continue praying in thanksgiving, requests, or in any other way that brings God glory.
Lord, I exalt you this day as the One who is above all. You are seated in the highest of heavens, yet are intimately closer to me than even my own soul! You are my Mighty God, my Wonderful Counselor, my Prince of Peace. Without you, I can do nothing; and certainly nothing well! Thank you for your love, your grace, your… (continue praying with your own words).