Matthew 6:9-13 Pray then like this: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."
Jesus commanded us to continually pray as He instructed in verses 9b-13. Jesus gave us an outline to base our prayers on. The first guideline for prayer is better translated, "Cause Your name to be holy."
In Leviticus 11:44 God tells us He is holy. What is holy? He is free from all sin and all the destruction that sin causes. We are asking that God would be seen among us as good, loving, acting in the best interests of people, as just and fair in all He does.
Many people have a wrong view of God as they view all that goes on in this sinful world and go away from God. Our prayer is for God to make Himself known among as the God who always acts in right, loving, and just ways. Our prayer is God would reveal Himself to people as the kind, loving, caring, providing, just and merciful God that He is. He proved His character by dying on the cross to satisfy His justice and express His love for all people. Our prayer is that He will reveal that to people.
What does an answer to our prayer look like? The people that carry His name will begin to reveal His character by how they live and speak. People will begin to see God as One who is caring and just, as One they can come to for forgiveness of sin. People will begin to see that God did not cause the sin problem, but solved it by dying on the cross, rising from the dead and ruling lovingly and justly from His throne. People will be desiring to come to God, rather than blaming God for all their problems.
Let's pray daily, "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Cause each of us to live so people see who you really are. Help us live in our families and communities according to Your word and cause your name to be revered, trusted and loved. Open people's minds to see You as just, merciful, kind and loving."