READ: Matthew 6:9-13
- Here, at the end of the week, we return to the beginning of the prayer. Jesus reminds us to always initiate our prayers with, “Our Father, hallowed be your name.” It isn’t that Jesus demands these specific words, but He expects this specific attitude. This is actually a statement of fact. We are addressing God, who is Our Father and whose name is Hallowed.
- To be hallowed is to be sanctified, holy, set apart. God’s name is to be revered, respected, and treasured. His name should never be taken lightly or irreverently. To start a prayer with “hallowed be your name” is to begin in a posture of reverence and humility. And that is the posture with which we must begin.
- Certainly, God is our Father—we live in relationship with one who loves us, deeply. But we must never lose sight of the fact that He is Sovereign God, creator and sustainer of the universe. He is the One who sits on the throne. He is the One who deserves our praise. He is the One that invites us in to His presence, not the other way around. So, for the next three weeks we’ll concentrate on characteristics of a Holy God.
- How do you feel when you hear God’s name used irreverently?
- Reflect on why God’s name seems to be so undervalued.
- What can we do to help our children (grandchildren) to be more respectful of God’s name?
PRAY: Take time to honor God with reverence. Pray that your use of His name is pleasing to Him. Ask God to receive your worship with pleasure.