To speak this line is to utter our true purpose in life. To live it….is to fulfill that purpose.
Hallowed be thy name.
God alone can withstand to receive all the praise we bring forth. Because humans were not made to be worshiped, receiving too much praise can ruin us. We see this quite often today. We must turn back all praise to the Father.
Jesus prays thus as he nears the time of the cross:
“Father, glorify your name.”
He is telling His Father to honor Himself. To literally magnify His own great name.
When we ascribe honor, it is to someone other than ourselves. God is the only ONE who can ascribe honor to His very self. What a great and beautiful mystery.
To worship God is to join in with Him in magnifying His name.
The Greek verb tense for hallowed used here is “aorist passive imperative.” Imperative tense brings a mood of command and calls for action. In this, the Lord’s Prayer, Christ is declaring that the Name of God is hallowed and at the same time – stating that it must be.
It is imperative that we acknowledge who God is
and bless His Name with our lives.
The passive part of the verb suggests that the noun is acting upon itself. “Hallowed be thy name.” Act upon yourself, Oh, God. Bring glory to Your Name.
The Father’s answer to His beloved son:
“I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
With “hallowed be” we are declaring the imperative word – He is HOLY. We make note that in the very answer to our previous prayer, “Reveal to us, the Father”….He is revealed in this way. His very Name is hallowed. Just as notable is the recognition of the very first words of the angels who worship Him day and night….
“Holy, holy, holy Lord….”
May we respond:
- By praying Psalm 103 – “Bless the Lord, oh my soul and forget not all his benefits…..” We tell our souls to worship Him – when we feel like it and when we don’t.
- We pray that His Name be hallowed in the places of our cities. “May your name be hallowed in our schools, our government, the places of business.”
This is part of a series on prayer. Day 1 begins here.