Every morning when I wake up, before I get out of bed, I’ve been praying through the Lord’s prayer. I find it’s a great way to start my day, taking a few minutes to ask for help and remember what’s most important.
This morning it hit me that very first part relates to the ultimate goal of Titus 2:3-5… “Our Father, who is in the heavens (and yes in the original Greek heaven is plural! I love that! It reveals even more how BIG the Lord is!) hallowed be your name.”
What am I praying at the getgo? That God’s name will be honored and treated as holy, not just generically, but also as a result of the way I live my life as I dive into each new day.
As His daughter, as one who belongs to Him, what I do reflects upon Him. I only wish I could say that’s always a good thing!
Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case… when someone who knows I’m a Christian hears me being short with my husband, or when I’m frustrated and rolling my eyes because once again I’m in a hurry but in the slowest checkout line and the cashier sees the cross on my neck…. This isn’t just about Debbie having a bad day, but it really does reflect on the Lord. And when I’m tired or a series of things have gone wrong and I get frustrated or start to feel like I’m being treated unjustly, it’s all too easy to get short and unpleasant.
Please know I’m not trying to justify, it is wrong when this happens. But there are times it does. And it’s sad how easily!
This is why I’ve started asking for help at the start of the day. I see my need for Jesus to help me and grow me so I’ll live in a way that honors him.
It’s kind of like biking. You don’t put your helmet on just when you need it. If you wait to do this, it’s going to be too late. But realizing that every single day I need Jesus to save me, and not just from outside problems, but from my natural selfish sin nature – I want to start out the day right away praying my desire that he will be honored and his name treated holy – by me and all around me!
And it’s not like I pray this and expect Jesus to keep me in line! Like – ok Jesus now it’s up to you, the ball is in your court to make me behave! No! What I’m expressing is my desire to live in this way and since I’m not there yet, I’m really asking Him, “Do whatever you need to do to keep changing me so I can live this way!”
Honestly, God knows what we’re going to say before a word is on our tongue! He doesn’t need our prayers to know what to do!!! But I need prayer, because what I pray for changes me!!!
As I pray this every morning I’m reminded I don’t have what it takes, but by stating my desire to do this (and I’m not just praying this for me but also for my family, other women in my life, all believers everywhere!) I’m motivated even more to keep growing, because I’m reminded as I do, as I grow in kindness and self control and in loving well those around me, it’s not just about me having better relationships but about repping the Lord better!
And it’s pretty neat to make the connection to Paul’s letter to Titus and realize this is a big deal for everyone! And it is a big deal! Check out what is written in Matthew 5:16 and 1 Peter 2:12.
“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
“Live such good lives among the pagans that though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.” 1 Peter 2:1
Evangelism isn’t just telling someone the good news of the gospel! God can be glorified, even by those who are lost, through them seeing a difference in the way we live.
Don’t just teach people to tell ~ seek to help them learn to live in a way that results in the Lord’s name being honored! And teach them to pray so they will keep focused on desiring this and be willing to follow the Lord even when it’s hard as He grows them!