Series: #3 Using the Lord’s Prayer to Pray — “Who Art in Heaven”

The phrase “Who art in heaven” reminds us how far God is above us. It brings to mind this passage from Isaiah:

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts (55:8-9).

When we pray, we are approaching our Father, but we’re also approaching our Maker. We’re approaching someone who, as much as we like to think of Him as being like us, is actually unimaginably higher than us. His sense of everything–justice, love, mercy, forgiveness, life, death, creativity, art, history, literature–is all infinitely higher than ours.

And so, in this second segment of the Lord’s Prayer, we’re given a joyful humility.


About davestuartjr
Dave Stuart Jr. is a full-time teacher who writes about becoming better, saner teachers at He is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Crystal, and a father to Hadassah, Laura, and Marlena.

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