Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Hallowed is an old English word used in the King James Version of the Bible and has been kept in most versions since. It means, “to treat as holy, revere, respect, and give high honor to.” It specifies that we should hold the name of God high.
In Scripture, a name is more than just what a person is called. It represents the essence of the person—their characteristics and attributes. So, we pray that God’s person—who he is and what he does—is revered and honored. This reverence, of course, must be demonstrated by the actions of our lives.
This part of the Lord’s Prayer is simply asking God to help us honor him through our day. We are praying that our words glorify God by building others up and speaking the truth in love. We are asking that our thoughts treat God as holy. We are asking that our actions show how much we love the One who sent his Son to die on the cross for our sins. In essence, we are asking God to help us follow the example of Jesus. John wrote, “Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him” (John 5:23b).
Father, help me honor you with my thoughts today. My mind is prone to wander. Keep it focused on you. Help me honor you with my emotions. Keep me from regrettable reactions. Help me honor you with my words. Remind me that reckless words pierce like a sword. Help me honor you with my actions. Remind me that others will see my love for you by what I do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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