The Most Important Request…Prayer 4

“Hallowed be Thy Name…”

Prayer is not just a matter of cause ( our prayer) and effect(God’s answer).

True prayer is more of an alignment. We pray to align ourselves with God’s will.

God’s name will be hallowed, no matter what you or I do. It is in the plan and prefect will of God that ultimately, God’s name will be seen by all as glorious, exalted, supreme and Holy.

Why then does Jesus teach us to pray that God’s name be hallowed, when in fact God’s name shall be Hallowed, now and forever?

God wants to lead us to want, crave, desire and even require His will, for in doing so, we are brought into alignment with reality.

The Lord’s prayer is in a similar pattern to the Ten Commandments, in that it begins with a statement of sheer Grace,

“Our Father who art in Heaven…”

“I am the Lord Thy God who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage…”

In both cases we begin with a statement of the Grace of God. What grace to be able to know God as Father and to petition heaven!

Then the Lord’s prayer is divided into two ‘tables’ of requests, just as the Ten Commandments are composed of two tables of Laws. The first table of each concerns our relationship to God, the second have to do with our human needs, or human relationships.

“Hallowed Be Thy Name…Thy Kingdom come…They Will be done”.

These are the Lord’s concerns and we are taught to pray for them first, to come into sympathy with each request, to let these desires become our deepest aspirations, and to fervently long for them.

There is no question, that God’s name shall be hallowed, that His Kingdom shall come, and that His will shall be completely accomplished on earth as it is in heaven.

The real question is , who wants this? Who longs for it, who has set their life in alignment with these things and what has the practice of praying for them done in the soul of the prayers? Praying in this manner is the very essence of “seeking things which are above” us.

What does it mean to pray that God’s name be hallowed?

We pray that God will be known as Holy first of all, in our own lives. We want to know the Holy One, to be able to fear and worship and adore God as God. Knowing God is eternal life.

The “knowledge of the Holy is understanding” according to the ninth chapter of Proverbs. We are petitioning God for that understanding of the Holy. We are asking God to show us what it means that He alone is Holy, and all that is Holy derives from Him who is above.

Has it ever occurred to you to pray about God’s name?

The name of God in scripture refers to the entire person. It is all that the person is and does and stands for. In praying “Hallowed be thy name” we are praying about the very name of God, that we would see it in the things which are Holy, such as in scripture, and in the Son of God. We want to know how to “sanctify the LORD God in our hearts”, even after forty plus years as a Christian I still want to know the name of God and to live for Him.

Furthermore we are praying that God would be known in this fallen world, and that He would be seen as Holy. What a profane and blasphemous world we live in. All that is Holy is being subjected to desecration in this toxic generation. People have no idea the thin ice they tread across as they blaspheme, and profane holy things such as sex, marriage, children, life, and the name of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

We grieve over it and pray that men would be gripped by a holy awareness of God. In olden times there have been revivals of the Spirit of God, visitations which shook whole communities of people, revealing the sense of God, and of Holiness. I have no doubt all of this came in response to the prayers of the Saints.

People who had otherwise given God no thought whatsoever, and who lived profane ,self seeking lives, have been suddenly awakened to the reality of the living God, and of Jesus Christ, and been driven to their knees and even faces in awful repentance, under the influence of the Spirit of God.

Imagine Young people so awakened to God’s reality, that they stumbled out of dancehalls, and out into the streets looking for a church service, so that they could get right with God!

This is something of what we are praying for when we beseech God to “Hallow His name”.

This is really very much like the first commandment, “You shall have no other gods before me”. This commandment in essence contains all of the rest of the commandments. Even so “Hallowed be thy name” is really the essence of all prayer.

This particular prayer is a petition for the knowledge of God himself. It is also prayer for a deeper knowledge of Jesus Christ whom God has sent. It is to remember who God is, what He has revealed himself to be, and that he will be real to us. We hallow the name of God when we know and trust in him in all trials and against all sin and temptation.

We are praying for our own dedication and consecration to God, by praying this prayer. We are praying that God would be seen in the church, that his name would be glorified in the way we live our lives.

“Hallow” means to separate. Hallowing God’s name means we separate and exalt God above our own corrupt opinions, thoughts and desires. We want God to “sanctify us through the Truth” that we truly reflect and model the nature of God. This is something to pray seriously for.

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1 Response to The Most Important Request…Prayer 4

  1. GJ says:

    Thanks Pastor Bill,
    As I was reading this, I thought about what I wrote in “I Can’t Breathe”, PDF, pp.15-16

    After the 3 days and nights, Jesus’ Body was reunited with His Spirit and Soul—He was resurrected leaving the tomb, the grave. This also happened to many Saints at this time (Matthew 27:51-53). Was this evidence of the deliverance of the captives?

    When Jesus Christ ascended to be at the right hand of the Father God in heaven, where He is today as fully God and also fully man, He delivered the captive Saints, their spirit and soul, from sheol. If we die before Jesus Christ returns, we also will be delivered from the grave—death has no power to keep our spirit of man, our soul, and the Holy Spirit in its grip… to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord (John 20:16-18; Acts 1:9-11). Our physical body is left behind to decay in the grave, for the time being, but in Spirit, we’re with the Lord (Colossians 3:2-4; Revelation 6:9-11).

    When Christ Jesus returns, all the Saints gone on and kept in the Lord, along with those still alive on earth, have the blessed hope that their spirit, soul, and body (a glorified incorruptible body… like Christ Jesus’) will be reunited through the power of the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; 1 Corinthians 15:34-58; 1 John 3:1-3).

    What’s true about Jesus Christ’s Church, today? She has the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit of God, and she’s His Body… His Bride—His Spirit and Body are united (has Life) on earth as His Spirit and Body are united (has Life) in heaven. The Church has Life… she’s not dead… nor, will ever be Dead… the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (John 17; Matthew 16:18-19). Was this what Jesus meant with the Lord’s Prayer… Matthew 6:9-13 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven… ?

    Is it not the Father’s will, and our hope, that we will be reunited again with our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb—that our glorified body and our saved soul, with the presence of the Holy Spirit, will be… united with… His glorified Body, His Soul, and His Spirit, the Holy Spirit—all together as… one (John 6:38-40; Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Revelation 19:7-9)?

    Then, ultimately we’re all with the Father God in the New Jerusalem… forever (Revelation 21:1-3,22-23).

    What’s the image of a marriage? Is it not the joining… uniting… of two bodies, souls, and human spirits of male and female created in the image of God (two lives) to become one of the same mind—having the same focused interest for the good of their family? God calls this becoming one flesh… that no man has the right to separate without a crime committed against, such as immorality. Would it not be even more so for their breath of life because without it, the one flesh union wouldn’t even exist (Matthew 19:4-9; Ephesians 5:21-33; 1 Corinthians 6:15-20; Philippians 2:1-5)?

    Marriage is a union where….a new body, soul, and human spirit of a child come together in a mother’s womb. When the child gasps their first breath of life, a life of the next generation is born. Life (not death… the separation of body and spirit) is “the key” to a marriage, and the Marriage between Jesus Christ and His Bride. The breath of life and the Breath of Life make it a reality. All… which Jesus Christ as Creator and Redeemer accomplished for us.

    Jesus Christ has been given “the key of David” to open and close the way to the Kingdom of God (Isaiah 22:20-25; 9:6-7; 60:1-12; Jeremiah 23:3-6; Revelation 3:6-8; 21:24-26). Is He not the Way, Truth, and Life… the only Way to God?

    As we’ve looked at the role of breath, could the following also relate, in principle, to the terms of “keys, binding, and loosing”? How do we handle the breath and Breath provided to us by Jesus Christ… do we squelch it (bind it) or let it flourish (loose it) by our own actions? Is this the “key” to having a relationship, a Life, with the God of Israel in His Kingdom? Will what we choose (on earth), determine what the Father God (in heaven) will do for us when we complete our life?

    Matthew 16 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter [Strong’s G4074 – Petros… a (piece of) rock… or “a stone”], and upon this rock I will build my church [Isaiah 28:16; Luke 20:17-18; Acts 4:10-11; Ephesians 2:19-21; 1 Peter 2:5-7; Revelation 21:13-14]; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

    Matthew 10:17-42 22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. 32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

    Someone may see it more clearly, or in different terms. It all still points back to the Grace of God, Jesus Christ.

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