Brews with Andrewes The Lords Prayer
Andrewes on Understanding God as Our Father in Heaven And Sanctifying His Name
October 3, 2020 Sermons 7 – 9 of Lancelot Andrewes Nineteen Sermons upon Prayer in General,and The Lord’s Prayer in Particular.
Copies can be found in Lancelot Andrewes Works, Sermons, Volume Five, or on The Project Canterbury Website.
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With these first 3 sermons of the 13 sermon collection, Andrewes teaches on the often over-looked, or unconsidered, realties contained in the intentional wording of “Our Father,” “Which art in Heaven,” and “Hollowed be Thy Name.”
- “Our Father” (Connecting to the perfection of God’s goodness and merciful nature)
- Benefits of Praying to God
- The guarantee of being heard when we prayer
- The gift of being able to pray to God as “Father”
- It reinforces our trust in God’s goodwill and favor toward us
- It balances our experience of kingly fear with bold confidence (Kingship implies His ability to answer prayers; Fatherhood implies His willingness to answer those prayers for us).
- Ramifications of having God as “Our Father”
- Calling God “Father” demonstrates the love we bear to Him
- Calling God “Our” demonstrates the love we bear toward our neighbor (other children of God)
- Knowing God as “Father” assures of His favor and gives us hope
- Challenges to accepting God as “Our Father”
- His Majesty ≠ our baseness (having been made from dust and ashes)
- His holiness ≠ our sinfulness
- Christ authorizes and enables us to call God “Our Father”
- We are given an exalted position above the Patriarchs and Heavenly Spirits
- By returning to God through the unique Son, we are given a unique relationship
- God as “Father” speaks of and acknowledges His affection for what He has made
- He is the Father of all creatures
- He is the Father of humanity, which He created in His own image
- He is the Father Who prepared the way back for His fallen children
- He is the Father of the New Birth granting us sonship
- As “Father” God’s affection toward us is shown to be immutable and excellent
- His fatherly love for us is unchanging in both chastening and blessing
- His fatherly love for us is excellent and abounding in forgiveness and mercy
- Additional benefits of God’s affection toward us being fatherly:
- It doesn’t take much to satisfy a Father’s anger
- There is a plentiful bounty of mercy
- We share in the inheritance He has prepared for His Son
- Out duty and response to God as “Our Father”
- To live as becomes His children and to repent/return to the Father when we haven’t
- To seek to grow up fully through His glorification/theosis as sons of God
- Respectfully reverence Him as our “Father”
- Realize all these benefits apply to everyone who refers to Him as their “Father”
- Pledge our love to all other brethren who say “Our” Father
- This fights against pride
- This prevents malice
- This teaches us to pray for others (fellow believers, those in open rebellion to God and their neighbor, and even our enemies).
- Benefits of Praying to God
- “Which Art in Heaven” (Connecting to the excellency of God’s power and greatness)
- This phrase is meant to be and expression of the Father’s greatness and power more than a description of the location to where the prayer is being sent.
- The phrase is used to temper the boldness gain by the idea of God as “Father” and to maintain a balanced understanding of God (He is both merciful Father and powerful rulers).
- The phrase is used to increase our confidence and faith in God because, like heaven, He is immortal, immutable, and able to give that which is incorruptible.
- The phrase serves to prepare us for prayer by making us to look upward in our desires.
- The phrase serves to focus us upon asking for heavenly gifts and blessings
- The phrase serves to beckon us to discover our true selves which were meant for that heavenly country
- In desiring to be in heaven, we begin to desire wanting to learn its ways
- In desiring heaven, we begin to desire wanting to be in the LORD’s Presence
- In desiring heaven, we begin to desire wanting to live under the Father’s roof/rules/will
- The phrase serves to remind us of our duty to be heavenly children of our heavenly Father.
- “Hollowed Be Thy Name”
- Praying for the ability to sanctify God’s Name is the 1st Petition to be sought in prayer
- It is a prayer to be enabled to have a reverend regard for God’s Name
- Therefore, it must come before even requests for the Kingdom
- Such regard distinguishes true worshippers from the rest because His Name conveys holiness to that which bears it. Such as:
- People (like the Old Testament priests or Paul in the New Testament)
- Places (like the house of God)
- Times (like sabbaths and feasts kept holy to the LORD)
- Proclamations (like preaching in God’s Name)
- Sacraments (like the Old Testament Bread of Presence or the New Testament Eucharist)
- Our regard for those things or persons which bear the Name demonstrate our estimation of God Himself
- Only the sanctified can sanctify the Name
- The duties that pertain to sanctifying the Name
- Pray not to misuse it
- Either by slip of the tongue or through contempt
- Sins of the heart: to speak inappropriately of the Name is equal to the action of treating God inappropriately (much like the relationship of lust and adultery)
- Pray to use it rightly
- In our hearts
- On our tongues
- By our actions
- Pray that others might do this, that all places may do this, and that all times may do this
- Pray that people will come to know His Name
- Pray that people will come to profess, worship, and honor His Name rightly
- Pray for those who once professed, worshipped, and honored His Name rightly may repent and do so once again
- Pray that God’s Name might get the glory alone
- Not ourselves nor other men
- Not those who, or things that, bear the Name in themselves apart from God Himself
- Prayer that people will be given the “Fear of God”
- Knowing their unworthiness
- Blessing God for His goodness
- Telling others of His goodness
- Praising God for His goodness
- Praise and Bless His Name for our Sanctification
- Remember that if we have the desire in us now to glorify His Name, He will not deny us the place to do it eternally.
- Pray not to misuse it
Music & Sound Attributions:
Music in this episode by Blue Dot Sessions “Lost Shoe” (www.sessions.blue). Sounds used are as follows: “Beer Can Opening” recorded by Mike Koening found at (http://soundbible.com/216-Beer-Can-Opening.html) and “Pouring Drink” recorded by Mike Koenig found at (http://soundbible.com/2115-Pouring-Drink.html).