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Matthew 6:9b

Pray Like This, Part II

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

When speaking to God, our Father, in an intimate setting and in an intimate way, we must not get so familiar as to lose our proper respect for Him.

"Hallowed be Thy name."The third commandment demands proper respect for the name of God. It is not tobe used in vain, it is not to be taken lightly, and it is not to be shown anydisrespect.

God is an awesome Father! Think for a moment about what He has done...creation, the flood, the diversity of languages, His plan for Abraham's seed, ....and that is just the first couple of chapters from His word.

Think about some of the personal things that He has done in your life....your conception, birth, health, particular talents,.. ending in your salvation. You owe Him everything. His love for you has been awesome!

"Hallowed be Thy name."His name is sacred, set aside to be spoken reverently. The Hebrew people would not even speak His name for fear of using it in vain. Jesus, however, said we are to keep it sacred and to praise it.

When the prophet Isaiah was allowed to see the throne room of God, he heard the prayers of the seraphim ministering to their God. "And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, [is] the LORD of hosts: the whole earth [is] full of his glory." The impact of God's holiness hit Isaiah so hard that he cried out, "Woe [is] me! for I am undone; ..."

Your prayers should recognize this difference between yourself and God. He is holy and you are only a sinner saved by His grace. He is your Father and He wants to be intimate with you, but do not ever reduce Him to your level. Let your prayers begin with praises to His holy name. Tell Him of your reverence for Him. Repeated praises are not vain repetitions.

"O for a thousand tongues to sing;
Blessed be the name of the Lord!
The glories of my God and King!
Blessed be the name of the Lord!"

Glorifying God ought to be the focus of our prayers, both public and private. His place in our hearts and in our thoughts should be a place of reverence, awe, and glory. We often focus our prayers too much on getting what we want, changing what we want changed, and accomplishing what we want accomplished. Whereas, scripture tells us that our focus should be on the glory of God.

Before The Throne:

Today, start your prayer with "Hallowed be Thy name!" Tell Him why you adore Him. Praise Him for all the many things that he has done for you. Give thanks to your almighty Father for His love, kindness, and forgiveness. Don't merely present Him with your laundry list of wants…… worship Him! He is not your magical genie. Express the utmost reveremce for His name.

For Further Study:

** Hallowed. Lev 10:3; 2Sam 7:26; 1Kgs 8:43; 1Chr 17:24; Neh 9:5; Ps 72:18; Ps 111:9; Isa 6:3; Isa 37:20; Ezek 36:23; Ezek 38:23; Hab 2:14; Zech 14:9; Mal 1:11; Luke 2:14; Luke 11:2; 1Tim 6:16; Rev 4:11; Rev 5:12;


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