Our Father in Heaven

Read Matthew 6:9

“Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven, 
Hallowed be Your name.”

Most of us, when we enter into prayer, are so focused on us and our circumstances, we dive right into our requests, our needs, our desires. Notice where Jesus teaches us to start?

Our Father, who is in Heaven, Hallowed be Your Name.

We start by focusing on who God is. We reset our hearts to a humble place and a slowed pace, and remember who God is, by knowing His name.

There is much to be said about a name. Knowing who God is helps us not only to worship Him, but to trust Him in faith. Take some time today and look up some of His names below.


Elohim (God, Mighty Creator) Gen. 1:1, Ps. 102
El Roi (The God Who Sees Me) Gen. 16:12-14, Ps. 33:13-15, 18-19
El Shaddai (God Almighty) Gen. 17:1-2, Ps. 91, Prov. 18:10
El Olam (The Everlasting God) Gen. 21:32-33, Ps. 90, Isa. 40:28-31
Yahweh Yireh (The Lord Will Provide) Gen. 22:13-14, 1 Cor. 10:12-13
Yahweh (LORD) Ex. 3:12-15, Ps. 103
Adonai (Lord, Master) Ps. 16:2, Ps. 62:11-12, Ps. 73:25-26
Yahweh Rophe (The Lord Who Heals) Ex. 15:26, Isa. 53:4-5
Yahweh Nissi (The Lord My Banner) Ex. 17:8-15, John 3:14-15
Esh Oklah (Consuming Fire) Deut. 4:23-24, Heb. 12:28-29
El Kanna (Jealous God) Ex. 34:14, Ex. 34:14
Qedosh Yisrael (Holy One of Israel) Lev. 19:1-2, Isa. 6:1-7
Yahweh Shalom (The Lord is Peace) Judges 6:22-24, Phil. 4:6-9
Yahweh Tsebaoth (The Lord of Hosts) 1 Sam. 17:45-46, Ps. 46:6-7
Yahweh Tsuri (The Lord My Rock) Ps. 144:1, 2 Sam. 22:2-4
Yahweh Roi (The Lord is My Shepherd) Ps. 23, Isa. 40:10-11
Hashem (The Name) 1 Kings 8:28-29, Ps. 30:4, Isa. 50:10-11
Melek (King) Ps. 72:1-3, Ps. 97:1-4, Mat.25:34
Ish (Husband) Hosea 2:16, 19-20, Isa. 54:5-8
El Chay (Living God) Deut. 5:26, Joshua 3:9-10
Maon, Machseh (Dwelling Place, Refuge) Ps. 91:1-2, Ps. 9:9-10, Ps. 61:1-3
Shophet (Judge) Ps. 94:2-15, Ps. 96:10-13
Miqweh Yisrael (Hope of Israel) Jer. 17:7-8, 13, Heb. 6:19, Ps. 46:2-3
Yahweh Tsidqenu (The Lord our Righteousness) Jer. 23:5-6, 1 Peter 2:24
El Elyon (God Most High) Dan. 4:34, Ps. 97:9, Luke 6:35-36
Yahweh Shammah (The Lord is There) Ezek. 48:35, Isa. 63:9, Ps. 139
Abba (Father) Luke 15:20, John 10:27-30

When we pray, let us start by remembering the One to whom we’re praying.  Let us call on His name with reverence and gratitude.  For His name is above all names, and He alone can answer our prayers.

1. List some of the new names for God you’ve learned above.

2. When you pray, do you take time to worship first and bless God’s name? Why or why not?

3. How can you slow your pace in prayer and begin to actively recall His goodness and His attributes in prayer?

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