The Lord's Prayer: Hallowed Be Your Name
Honor God above all else! That should be our attitude always, specifically when we approach God in prayer. As we study through the Lord's Prayer and examine just how Jesus taught us to pray, we pause here to consider what it means to “hallow His name”.
Welcome to this series on the Lord's Prayer. We are studying through Matthew 6:9-13 alongside Kathryn Shirey's study guide, Pray Deep: The Lord's Prayer."
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The Lord's Prayer, Outline:
Introduction and Greeting (“Our Father, who art in heaven”)
Petitions for God:
- God’s glory - praise and adoration for who He is (“Hallowed be thy name”)
- God’s kingdom (“Thy kingdom come”)
- God’s will (“Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”)
Petitions for Us:
- Our needs (“Give us this day, our daily bread”)
- Our forgiveness (“And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us”)
- Our protection (“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”)
Closing and Doxology (“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.”)
Hallowed Be Your Name
No matter our life's circumstances, nothing brings us instant peace like taking on a heavenly perspective. When we remember the God we serve, the Kingdom that really matters, and whose will we most want to see fulfilled, we see our earthly circumstances in a new light and they begin to lose their evil grip on our heavy hearts.
We start with the prayer's first petition, "Hallowed be Your name." So, let's consider: Who is this God to whom we pray?
1. God is sovereign, holy, unchanging, and eternal
As we explore each of these character qualities of God, our focus will be not only on what this means for the world in general but for own lives. God is sovereign over my life and my constant comfort. He is the beginning and the end, and the holy God who deserves my worship.
2. God is wise, all-powerful, all-knowing, in all-present
We can fully trust God. It is these character qualities that make Him not only worthy of our worship but also the one to whom our heart cries out. We need Him and cannot replace our conversation with Him with a human conversation. No friend will ever be as wise and present as God.
3. God is faithful, loving, full of grace, merciful
As we reflect on these qualities, let's be overcome with gratitude for what God has already done and with hope for what He can do in the years that are ahead.
I will praise God for who He is
So, how do these character qualities change the way that we pray? God is worthy of our praise. We ought to remember and thank Him for His character and perfect nature that makes Him who He is.
God is more than I'll ever know
Even as we study these character qualities and now speak to God intimately and reverently, we recognize that God is beyond anything that we will ever understand. Ephesians 3:18-19 tells us that His love transcends knowledge. We could study Scripture to know God forever and still not fully comprehend His greatness.
It is my constant hope for all of us that this reality would only make us more eager to be lifelong students of God's word.
I am excited for us to dive into this second part of the Lord's Prayer this week.
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