|Text: Matthew 6:
Let me explain the word reverence. Webster defines "reverence" as a profound feeling of awe and respect. The problem of reverence deals with the fact that we need to be reminded of the greatness of God.
A revelation (understanding) of God automatically produces a sense of reverence. Reverence manifest itself in personal praise. The expression "Hallowed be Thy Name..." is an expression of personal praise.
"Reference" manifest itself in personal praise. A revelation (understanding) of God automatically produces a sense of reverence. The expression "Hallowed be Thy Name..." is an expression of personal praise. This is where one enjoys God. As you are in His presence He begins to change you. This change prepares you to pray effectively.
"Hallowed Be Thy Name..."
"Father" was the most common title Jesus used in referring to God. It was intended to be a title of identification and intimacy. This title in one word signifies the relationship we as believers have with God. This relationship is the basis for an ever expanding revelation of who God is. Understanding who God is determines your expression of prayer. Stated very simply, the more you know God, the more effective your prayer time will be with God.
Jesus said, "Hallowed be Thy Name..." In the Old Testament there are eight different compound names of God. Each of these names is a revelation of who God is and what He wants to be and do in your life.
Below is the list of the names of God and the corresponding blessing:
As your "revelation" (understanding) of God is enlarged your prayers are expanded and become more effective. You begin to understand that prayer can do anything God can do, and God can do anything. Imagine the possibilities, the potential for changing your life that your time with God has.
The Results of Revelation
Revelation Results: Enjoy God.
Revelation Results: Releases faith.
Revelation Results: Changes your request.
Revelation Results: You don't have to understand.
Attitudes and Actions That Hinder Prayer
Prayer problems fall into two major categories: 1.) things that are wrong in your attitudes and actions or 2.) things that can interfere with your concentration and hinder the effectiveness of your times with the Lord.