Lk.11:2 – So Jesus taught them this prayer: “Our heavenly Father, may the glory of your name be the center on which our life turns. May your Holy Spirit come upon us and cleanse us. Manifest your kingdom on earth.
Prayer has different meanings to different people. For some it is a “ Hail Mary when all else fails” kind of thing, to some it is more of a system of works, and for others it is more of a Magic Genie with three wishes. Jesus was teaching His disciples about the simplicity and the depth of true prayer. Jesus’s words were soaked with intimacy from One who had known the Father from eternity. His teaching also displayed to us the God centeredness of everything Jesus did and and taught. This kind of prayer brings the Lord to the very center of our lives. We circle Him like the planets circle the sun, He does not circle us. When we discover the blessing of having the Lord as the center of our world we suddenly see the broken pieces of our lives falling together. Here are some comments from the Passion Notes on this prayer.
“An alternate reading of the Aramaic text. The Aramaic word for “name” is shema (or the Hebrew word, shem), a word with multiple meanings. It can also be translated as “light,” “sound,” or “atmosphere.” Placing a light in an enclosed space, like a lantern, magnifies that light. This is the meaning here of God’s name being made sacred and magnified as we focus our lives on him.”
When our life is centered in Christ several things happen. First, the broken pieces of our lives are healed. You see that on every page of the gospels. You turn to Christ and recovery from the ramifications of past lifestyle choices is certain. Secondly, Jesus said “seek first the kingdom and all of these things will be added to you”. The very things that we would be praying for actually come to pass; many times before we even ask. Finally, our life is filled with revelation light. Before we turned to the Lord we walked in darkness and had no idea where our lives were headed. When we turn to the Lord He fills us with revelation; revelation about this present evil age, revelation about the Kingdom of God, and revelation of Christ Himself. Turn to the Lord, He rules the universe by His mighty power. I don’t know about you but I know about me; I want to enjoy His goodness all the days of my life.