Hallowed Be Your Name

This is the second in a 7-part series on the Lord's Prayer. You may want to read the first one, "Our Father In Heaven," before continuing with this one.

This next line of the Lord’s Prayer is a statement of worship and honor. God is our father. He resides in heaven. Therefore, he is a different sort of being from you and me. We are not the Father of all and we do not reside in a place that is sinless and wholly reflects the character of God. It is the very nature of God’s character that makes him hallowed or holy. Thus, Jesus says that all that God is, his name, is holy, set apart. In this sense, hallowedness is appropriate for God and for none other. If we are to think of God at all, especially when we come before him to pray, we are to acknowledge and ascribe to God something that can be ascribed to no other being – hallowedness.

Christ says that we are to begin our prayer by identifying God for he is, the unique father of all. Then, we must acknowledge his uniqueness, his specialness. God is holy, his name is to be hallowed. This is important! Only through association with God can anyone be holy. So, the church is described as holy, not because of anything good or worthy that is within the church, because the church has been purchased by the holy blood of Christ. The ground that Moses stood upon was holy not because of quality of the dirt, but because the Lord of heaven and earth was there.

When you teach your children to pray that God’s name is to be hallowed, you are teaching them that God alone is special and good. You are acknowledging that he will not give his glory to another. When your teenagers pray, ascribing hallowedness to God reinforces the vital truth God is much bigger than they are. This is an important reality for someone who may feel lost or alone or cut-off.

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