“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.”
“Father”, inside of every human is the need and the longing for a father. This generation has been labeled many things, one of the most alarming is “fatherless generation”. From divorce to alcoholism, from skewed ambition to just plain selfishness, the children of this generation have been robbed of their fathers. That is why this cry, “Our Father” is so riveting. Once someone is born again, this need for a father is met by our Heavenly Father. This cry, “Our Father”, is the cry of acceptance, we have been purchased by the blood of His Son, we are now sons and daughters of God. A. B. Simpson spoke about this opening cry in the Lord’s prayer, pay close attention to these powerful words.
“It is not the cry of nature to an unknown God, but the intelligent converse of a child with his heavenly Father. It presupposes that the suppliant has become a child, and it assumes that the mediation of the Son has preceded the revelation of the Father. No one, therefore, can truly pray until he has accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and received through Him the child-heart in regeneration, and then been led into the realization of sonship in the family of God. The Person to whom prayer is directly addressed is the Father as distinguished from the Son and the Holy Ghost. The great purpose of Christ’s mediation is to bring us to God and reveal to us the Father as our Father in reconciliation and fellowship. It is not wrong to address the Son and Spirit in our hearts. The name suggests the spirit of confidence, and this is essential to prayer.”
Have you received the “child-heart” that Simpson was speaking about. What is that child-heart? It is the Spirit of sonship, it is that new nature you received as you opened your heart to the Lord. If you have, you can join together with Christians from every tribe and tongue, and every theological persuasion crying out “Our Father who is in heaven”. As we join together in this place of prayer, we find our identity and our family. What is my identity? I am a child of my Heavenly Father. Who is my family? Those who have met this gracious Heavenly Father. Our Father, who is in heaven, HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME.