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How Do You Know My Name?

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  • Author: Jerry Hoffman, a proud grandfather.
  • Updated: 08/11/2008
  • Copyright: Jerry Hoffman

The Lord's Prayer revised by a six-year-old.


My grandson, Anders, at age six, was learning the Lord's Prayer. My daughter was amused when she heard him pray:

"Our Father who art in heaven, how do I know your name?"

That in itself is an important question. How do we know God's name? Why is God's name given to us? God makes God's self accessible to us. We pray by calling upon God's name.

But, our little theologian wasn't done yet.

A couple of days later, my daughter heard him teaching his four year old sister the prayer:

"Katie, you are supposed to say, 'Our Father who art in heaven, how do you know my name?'"

Yet another gift from the giving God. God knows my name. 

Heaven is knowing God's name and God knowing ours. God is the greater giver.

How indeed?

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