Two Minute Warming—Matthew 6:9

Taking no more than 120 seconds to read, Two Minute Warming is an uplifting devotion to strengthen you in Jesus Christ.

The most common way we pray is to address the Lord, often as Father, petitioning Him at the end in the name of Jesus Christ.

When the Lord Jesus taught us to pray (the Lord’s Prayer is found in Matthew 6:9-13), He taught us to address God as Father, but He neglected the part about making our petitions in His name.

Or did He?

As wonderful a thing as there is for us to know about Jesus Christ is that He is our brother in the flesh. He became one of us. On our level. Like us in every way—including being tested and tempted—yet without ever sinning (Hebrews 4:15).

Yes, from out of eternity, He is our Creator (John 1:3 and Colossians 1:16). And, by His Good Friday death and Easter resurrection, He is our Savior. And having ascended to heaven He sends His Holy Spirit to us that we might believe in Him and have our every prayer heard and answered according to what is best.

Yet, for as lofty as He is—true God, with the Father and the Holy Spirit—He is as down to earth as we are—true man, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius, crucified, died, and buried—our brother in all that we mortals are.

Through faith in His atoning sacrifice, He brings us into the eternal family. As sons and daughters of God, we are privileged to call Him Father—spiritual siblings of God the Son, our brother Jesus.

So, what about the Lord’s Prayer? Why don’t we pray it in Jesus’ name? Ah, but we do!

The answer is in the word our.

As with our typical prayers, we do not conclude the Lord’s Prayer in Jesus’ name. We begin it in His name. When He teaches us to pray “Our Father in heaven,” He unites us to Himself. His prayer is our prayer is His prayer.

When we pray, He sits at the right hand of our Father speaking for us (Matthew 10:32).

When we pray, “Our Father, who art in heaven,” the Lord Jesus speaks similarly, “Father, this is your child praying to you—one for whom I died.”

He died for you. He lives for you. He sits at the right hand of the Father for you!

3 thoughts on “Two Minute Warming—Matthew 6:9

  1. Many English-speaking folks use the old English words of this prayer, such as “Our Father Who art in heaven,” together with “thee” and “thy,” and other words. Many have the view that the Father is so far above us, at a great distance. When Martin Luther translated the Bible into German, he translated the first line as, “Vater Unser, der Du bist im Himmel.” He used the familiar, familial word, “du,” not the formal word. It’s the word that the German-speaker would use to refer to brother, sister, parent, or friend. This emphasizes that that He is close to us, as if He were sitting across the dinner table or in our living room with us. What a comfort that is!


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