Luke 11:2 (KJV)
2 And He said unto them, "When ye pray, say: Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in Heaven, so on earth.

These are the words of Jesus who was showing the disciples to pray. The disciples had come to Jesus and asked Him to show them how to pray as John the Baptist had taught his followers to pray. Jesus starts by saying God’s name is hallow or greatly respected; set apart for holy use. As Jesus continues He asks God’s will be done on earth in the same way that it is done in heaven.

In this world there are names people quickly recognized. If someone says “George W. Bush” most will instantly recognize it as the name of the president of the United States. You can watch as a known movie star walks though a crowd and everyone stares because of who they are. Often these people set themselves apart, away from the rest of us. We have a God who is magnificent in every way. His name is holy and to be set apart from all other names. Yet God asks us to call Him Father, a very close and endearing term. God’s name may be set apart, but God desires to be close to each and every one of us. Maybe you feel alone in this world or need someone close you can talk to. God is always there waiting for you to come to Him in prayer. And as your heavenly father He wants you to talk to Him about your life, your needs, your future and your love for Him. Pray Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in Heaven, so on earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.