Day 1 – Think
What does hallowed mean? To treat something as sacred or holy.
To treat God as being as glorious, as holy and infinitely majestic as He actually is.
To be filled with grateful joy for who He is and what He has done.
John Calvin said it means ‘to have your entire heart captivated with wonderment for Him.’
Why is praise important to God?
Acknowledging God’s goodness and love is good for us too.
How do you praise and adore God?
Five aspects to praise and adoration (we’ll look at these again later in the week)
The Lord’s prayer so far
Access. Approaching God as Father.
Praise. Giving God the praise he deserves.
Day 2 – Meditate
Pray throughout today – ‘Hallowed be your name’
What does God reveal to you through this prayer?
What other prayers or thoughts flow from this prayer?
Day 3 – Scriptural context
A psalm of David, regarding a time when David was in the wilderness of Judah.
1 O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory.
3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself;how I praise you!
4 I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
5 You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy.
6 I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night.
7 Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
8 I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.
9 But those plotting to destroy me will come to ruin. They will go down into the depths of the earth.
10 They will die by the sword and become the food of jackals.
11 But the king will rejoice in God. All who swear to tell the truth will praise him,
while liars will be silenced.
Day 4 – Sermon on the mount
The Lord’s Prayer is set within the context of the Sermon on the Mount. How does this section of the sermon add to our understanding of this week’s part of the Lord’s prayer.
What does this passage teach us about true and false worship?
The Golden Rule
12 “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.
The Narrow Gate
13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.
The Tree and Its Fruit
15 “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. 16 You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 19 So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.
21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’
Building on a Solid Foundation
24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” 28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 for he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law.
Day 5 – Application
How do you praise and adore God? What comes easiest to you?
Five aspects to praise and adoration
Think of the different ways that God is great/holy/magnificent- get specific – go into detail.
Break it down. List and analyse the different aspects of God and His character.
I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. Psalm 63:6
Declare and express your praise. Musically, publicly, corporately. With skilful music – done well.
I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer Psalm 63:4
Add up it’s value and compare it with other things
Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! Ps 63:3
Praise God for being as glorious as He actually is.
Consider God’s qualities, character and the truth of His love and grace; Does this impact your life and thoughts?
What is God really like? – Why is there fear in my life?- What are my priorities? – What brings me joy?
St Augustine said ‘You are what you love’. God can change what you love
Beholding comes after Thinking, Expressing and Appraising.
It takes us from knowing God’s power, holiness, glory and love to experiencing His power, holiness, glory and love.
It brings great satisfaction. The bible describes it with sensory language.
You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. Psalm 63:5
Resting in our new identity of God’s undeserved grace and salvation. Jesus took the penalty for our sins – He took the blame for us.
Performance says ‘I am what I do’. Rest says ‘I am what He did’ – Jonathan Helser
Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 63:7