heart in it; you just spin the wheel and pray automatically. In my background we used the Lord's Prayer like that to get back to God after we had sinned. But within this model of prayer our Lord gave the disciples five spiritual insights into the secret of prayer in their daily lives. These insights will also help us in our daily prayer lives with our heavenly Father. Are you willing to say, "Lord, teach me to pray?" If so, then... I. When you pray, address your heavenly Father Luke 11:2a "Father, hallowed be Thy name..." When you begin to study the life of Christ in the gospel you soon become aware of the reality that Jesus was a man of prayer. You find him over and over again talking with his Father in heaven. We find him praying (1) at his baptism, (2) on the mount of temptation, (3) before his Transfiguration, (4) in the garden the night he was betrayed, and (5) on the cross before he was taken into the presence of Father, to mention but a few occasions. Our Lord was living out his life in this fallen world and seeking to teach his disciples that he had a loving relationship with his Father. In this relationship they had agreed that as the Son he would not say one thing, do one thing, or go anywhere without first checking in with his Father, for his desire was to do the will of his Father in heaven on earth. In Matthew 6:9-13 our Lord had been teaching the disciples the differences between the way the self-righteous Pharisees were praying and they way they should pray. At that time he taught them to say, "Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name." The Jews would address God the Father in a formal way: Ali, my Father, or Abinue, our Father. But Jesus used the ordinary intimate form of the Aramaic word, which children used in addressing their fathers: Abba. Abba is like our English term Daddy or Papa. The key, both here and in the Matthew account, was the fact that our Lord, who had a loving relationship with his Father, was telling his disciples that because they had placed their faith in him as the Son of God they also could have a loving relationship with his Father; they could now as beloved children of God come into his presence and address him personally as Abba, Papa. "Hallowed be Thy name..." When Jesus asked his disciples to say this, he was reminding them of the need to come to the Father in an attitude of worship, for while we know him intimately as our Father, the name of God the Father is holy and is set aside from all other names in the universe. He is above everything he has ever created, and his name is above every name on earth and under the earth. So we're to enter his presence humbly, seeing his worth. Now, it is most important not to allow our minds to equate our heavenly Father with our earthly fathers. For our heavenly Father is the one and only living God. He is the infinite, eternal, unchangeable, self- sufficient, perfect, all-powerful, all-present God, whose heart is filled with justice, truth, love, mercy, and grace. Our heavenly Father is much more than our earthly fathers could ever be in their humanity. And in fact, he is much more than he has even been able to reveal to us with our limited ability to understand and know him now. But by having the right idea about who he is, we can pray, "Hallowed be Thy name" from our hearts.