23 Prayer is About Reverencing

Matthew 6 v 9 – 13

9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. 10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (ESV)

The holy place, priests and first born males were all hallowed – separated for God’s exclusive use.
But in our text ‘hallowed’ refers to God who is completely other (Heb. 7:26).

Because He is hallowed He, and He only, is worthy of our respect and worship (Rev. 4:11).
Prayer is about reverencing God. We are to come into His presence with a reverent awe.

The four words Hallowed be Thy Name speak of:

  1. A Glorious Renown.
    God has no beginning or end – He always has been and is everywhere.
    His is known as “I AM” – I will be what I please.
    God is our Father who reveals Himself in the Lord Jesus Christ.

  2. A Great Reverence.
    The ancient Jews had such reverence for God that they didn’t mention His Name out load.
    When writing His Name, they used a sanctified quill.
    Too many people use His Name in vain.
    His Name is to be treated with respect and reverence.
    We must learn what it means to hallow His Name when coming into His presence with holy fear.

  3. A Good Resolve.
    It expresses a desire and determination to reverence God’s Name.
    Our greatest desire should be to make the Lord Jesus Christ known (Mat 5:16).
    Everything that we do should be with the thought ‘Hallowed be Thy Name’:
    “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:31).

How are you doing in the area of hallowing His Name?