In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 6, Jesus (Yeshua) can be found ministering and teaching His disciples various principles regarding giving, fasting, the Father's care for His children, and many other things. One of the most notable portions of this scripture is His instruction to His disciples on prayer. It is prayer that opens the line of communication to the ears of the heavenly Father, a time of sweet communion in which we cast our cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7) and also open ourselves to receive whatever it is that we are seeking from God's Holy Spirit.
In verse 9 of chapter 6, Jesus gives His disciples specific instructions on prayer saying, "Pray, then, in this way: 'Our Father who is in heaven....'" In the previous post we looked at "Our Father" and the numerous characteristics of the heavenly Father to whom we pray. Today we will examine the next phrase: "...who is in heaven" and discover more about this often mystical place where the Father resides.
"Heaven" - ouranos - (Greek transliteration) - n. masculine (Thayer's Greek Lexicon)
**It is important to note that in the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for "heaven" found in Genesis 1:1 is shamayim. Read more about the meaning HERE.**
WHERE IS HEAVEN?
1) The vaulted expanse of the sky with all things visible in it - See Hebrews 4:13
2) The aerial heavens or sky, the region where the clouds and tempests gather, and where thunder and lightning are produced - See Jeremiah 10:13
3)The region above the sidereal (distant stars & constellations) heavens; the seat of an order of things eternal and consummately perfect where God dwells and the other heavenly beings - Psalm 103:19
It is important to understand that though the Father has His throne in heaven, He is still ever present with us through His Holy Spirit that dwells on the earth and in believers through Jesus Christ (Yeshua). (1 Corinthians 6:17) Ask the Father today to reveal His Holy Spirit to you and may you know the Father in greater ways after today than you ever have. Amen.
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