The Lords Prayer
Our Father who art in Heaven hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive others who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9
What should be our first request, as Jesus here teaches us to pray? “Hallowed be your name.”
Hallowed means to keep holy and set apart. We might ask, “Isn’t God’s name already holy! And most certainly it is. What then do we ask of the Lord God when we ask that His name be holy?
We ask that His name be kept holy among us and in our lives. We ask God to let all we think, say and do bring glory and honor to Hid holy name. We ask theta we would live in such a way that we do not dishonor His holy name and drag it down with us into the mud of sin.
It brings God glory and hallow His name when we humbly believe His Word, acknowledge our sinfulness and trust His Son, Jesus as our savior. (Ephesians 1:3-14)
Isaiah the prophet wrote (Isaiah 8:23, “The Lord of hosts. Him you shall hallow; let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.
Instead of looking to ourselves, other gods and other people or things for help, we are to look to the Lord God and place our trust in Him.
God Himself says to us in Psalm 50:15: “ call upon Me in the day of trouble. I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.’
The Bible tells us in Jeremiah 28:28, 32, “ The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream; and he who has my word, let him speak My word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? Says the Lord… “Behold, I am against the prophets ,” says the Lord, who use their tongues and say, He says.’
God teaches us that it brings honor to the name of the Lord God when we are faithful to His Holy Word in our teaching, preaching and in our witness for Him. It dishonors the Lord when we preach our own words, ideas and opinions and attribute them to Him.
We pray the Lord’s Prayer that all we think, speak, and do may bring glory to our Father in heaven – that His name would indeed be kept holy among us.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:16: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
May we bring Him glory!
Our dear Father in heaven, Your name is indeed holy in itself. Grant that we keep it holy among us also and not misuse it. Let us bring glory to You and Your holy name by acknowledging our sin and trusting in Your Son and our Savior, Jesus, for forgiveness and life everlasting. And grant that we might live for You here in this with the world until we join You in heaven in Christ’s eternal kingdom. Amen,