Pray Like Jesus – Hallowing

Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.

-Matthew 6:9-13 (ESV)

The words “hallow” or “hallowing” aren’t ones that we use very often today. They seem like words that were used when people started sentences with “verily” and wore big puffy collars and pantaloons. According to Merriam-Webster, hallowed means “holy; consecrated; sacred; revered”.

So what does it mean to regard God’s name as holy? What does it practically mean for us to honor his name?

I think the simplest answer is to live like Jesus to the best of our abilities. Will we fail? Yes. But when we do fail, we can even honor God in that. If we snap at a friend or family member, will we honestly and humbly come to the person we wronged and ask for forgiveness? That’s honoring to God. When we choose to serve someone who doesn’t deserve it, we’re wearing the name “Christian” well and showing the heart of God to those around us. When we listen to the Holy Spirit we are hallowing God.

Bible Study Tools gives us a little bit deeper look into the meaning of this important word. “To “hallow the name” includes not only the inward attitude and outward action of profound reverence and active praise, but also that personal godliness, loving obedience and aggressive Christlikeness, which reveal the presence of God in the life, which is His true earthly glory.”

That put a little bit of a different spin on things – the hallowing of God’s name always begins with us! 

The great thing about honoring God is that we can do it anywhere, with our prayers and with our lives. You can hallow God at work, at school, at home, with friends, with family, at the grocery store, in an airport, and in the middle of rush hour traffic. If we want God’s name hallowed or revered upon the earth we need to start with us {tweet this}.

How will you hallow God, our perfect and loving Father today?

For more: Watch John Piper’s Teaching Video 1, Video 2, Video 3


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