Reflections on Prayer - February

Matthew 6:9-13 “Hallowed be thy name.”

 By Lisa Espinoza

Week 1

In his classic work on the character of God entitled Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer writes, “To be holy He [God] does not conform to a standard. He is that standard.” How can we who are impure pray to a God who is perfectly, infinitely, incomprehensibly pure? Tozer continues, “We must hide our unholiness in the wounds of Christ as Moses hid himself in the cleft of the rock while the glory of God passed by. We must take refuge from God in God.”

This week set aside at least 5 minutes each day to become still and quiet. Close your eyes and picture yourself in the light of God’s presence—standing, kneeling, lying prostrate, whatever seems right in the moment. If circumstances permit, you may even choose to physically assume this position. Ask God to reveal His glory to you, then remain quiet in His presence.

Week 2

As we pray, “Hallowed be your name,” we are asking God to see to it that His name, a representation of Himself, be treated as holy. Our everyday lives are the grounds upon which we honor God’s name as holy. By exhibiting the character and purposes of God even in the mundane, we are bringing glory to the Lord.

Begin each day this week with this prayer, “Holy God, by your grace and strength, may my life bring glory to your name today.” At the end of the day, reflect in your journal upon two of your actions or attitudes that reflected God’s character or purposes.

Week 3

We cannot comprehend God’s holiness because it is separate from and beyond anything our natural minds will ever encounter apart from God Himself. In the light of His holiness, we can’t help but cry out like Isaiah, “Woe is me…I am a man of unclean lips.”

Each morning this week, open your hands and symbolically offer up to God your unholiness. Admit your helplessness to make yourself holy and thank Him for imparting His own righteousness to you through Christ.

Week 4

God’s creation declares His glory. Each time you go outdoors this week, make a point of looking at the mountains, the trees, the clouds. God’s glory infinitely surpasses even the most amazing wonders He has created. Imagine the unfathomable glory of God completely surrounding any circumstance that is overwhelming you.