The Lord’s Prayer, Part 6

The Lord’s Prayer continues, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name….”Our Father in heaven—our God— is holy. He is pure and unblemished. He is not only free from any hint of evil, but He is infinite love, goodness and righteousness through and through. In the heavenly scene in Revelation, the angels cry out before Him, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” (Revelation 4:8)

When we pray to God, “Hallowed be your name,” we both declare that God is holy and that we desire our lives to honor Him as holy. We profane Him when we ascribe attributes or works to Him that are not holy or are inconsistent with His character. Paul warns in this regard, “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.” (Romans 1:21-23)

We also profane, rather than hallow God’s name, when we think, speak and behave in a manner inconsistent with who we are as His children. God had appointed Israel to serve as a light to the Gentiles, showing them the way to God. But through disobedience to Him, the Scriptures declare, “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” (Romans 2:24)

When we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,” we are declaring and rejoicing that our heavenly Father is holy. And in the same breath, we humbly bow before Him, desperately asking Him to make us holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16). To hallow His name is to glorify Him and one of the simplest ways we glorify Him is by enjoying Him. John Piper reminds us, “God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him.”

“Father, You are holy, holy, holy! May my life proclaim and exhibit Your holiness to all around me. Remove from me anything unholy or unclean. Father, You are my joy and delight! Hallowed be Your name!”

©2011 Rob Fischer