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. Hallowed be your Name

HALLOWED BE THY NAME.

Luke 11:1-4 (ESV) 1 Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught His disciples.” 2 And He said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. 3 Give us each day our daily bread, 4 and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”

The disciples have witnessed in Jesus Christ’s prayer life something unlike anything they have ever seen or heard. As they spent more and more time with Jesus and as they saw His regular way of prayer it stirred in our hearts a sense of inadequacy. We do not know how to pray but have a desire, and one of these disciples served as a spokesman for the rest.  When He comes to Jesus and shares their desire, I am sure it is in our hearts as well as we grow in the Christian life.  Lord, teach us to pray. And what Jesus does in response to that is to give them a template as it were. This is a prayer that is not meant to be recited regularly so much as it is meant to be memorized, and then take it into your prayer life as a teaching tool. So as you memorize this prayer if you were to follow it in terms of the order of it in terms of the of the ideas contained in it as you begin to delve into the depths of it and you understand the meaning of the things that Jesus is teaching here, it will begin to expand your prayer life and inform your prayer life, and guide your prayer life, because we all know what it is to struggle in our prayer life.

 

So, Jesus gives us this instrument that we might learn to pray. At the beginning of the week we began with the address that is in this prayer.  It begins with ‘Father’.  We talked about the fact we are going to study this prayer in terms of attitudes. There are many ways you can approach this prayer. We are going to approach it with the standpoint of attitudes. When we go before the Lord in prayer, what sort of attitudes should be present. And when we say ‘Father’ the first attitude is intimacy. We talked about the fact that we should be reminded of our standing before God in Christ. Let us not forget that this is a disciple’s prayer. This is for the followers of Jesus Christ. His disciples said to Him “Lord teach us to pray as John taught His disciples.” So, this is a prayer given by Jesus that is distinctively a Christian prayer, a disciple’s prayer. The ones who pray this believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Lord, is the Saviour, is the Messiah. It is only in Christ that we can rightly call God our ‘Father’ and are ushered into the very presence of God, the very throne room of God’s grace. We are stationed in the ways of grace in Christ Jesus. We have peace with God, we have been declared right with God because of the finished work of His son in whom we have trusted for life and for Salvation.

So, as you begin to pray, the first thing you should remind yourself of is that you are addressing God. Do not even begin to pray until you know that you are talking to God, and God is your Father in Christ Jesus, and this is my standing before Him in Christ. I stand in His grace and His throne is open today. I come boldly in fact in Christ looking for grace to help in my times of need. We talked about the assurances we receive because God is our father. We are talking about one who is perfectly good. We were talking about one who is perfectly wise, we were talking about one who is always present.  We were talking about one who is without limits in terms of His power. This is our Father; this is the one with whom we have this intimacy in Christ.

 

Also, in this address is an attitude of authority. We think of God as our father not in human terms. He is our father in heaven, He is our father God. So, if we address Him as father, then we honour Him. If we address Him as Father, we submit to Him. He is the authority in our lives, so we come into our prayer time, not just with intimacy, but with the sense of His authority.

 

We also noticed in this address an attitude of community, because Jesus gives this to them in a way that uses these plural words. He says when you all pray, which is the plural word there, then you all say this.  So, we do not come before God as this lone individual. We come as a member of the family of God. I am immediately reminded that we are brothers and sisters and there are people that I need to be praying for and have responsibility to pray for. So, there is a sense of community, not a self-centred life, or a self-centred existence, but I bring before the throne of God's grace my family as well as myself.

 

Now this morning we move from the opening address to the first petition.  He says: “Father, hallowed be your name.” The attitude that is present in that petition that will unfold this morning is one of loyalty and worship.  When we say “hallowed be your name” there is loyalty in this statement and there is worship in that statement. The word translated hallowed here, is an aorist passive imperative. It can be translated this way: “let your name be sanctified”, “let your name be held in reverence”. “Let your name the regarded as holy”. That is the idea.

 

It is a request that is offered to God, which means we are looking to God to bring this about. God, we desire for you to act so that your name will be held in honour. Lord we ask you to act, we ask you to move, we ask you to work in such a way that your name will be regarded as holy. Sometimes we do not read this like a petition as much as just praise, sometimes we read this as if what it means is “Lord I regard your name as Holy.” This is in a sense that which is present here, but it is more than that. This is a request; this is a petition. Let your name be sanctified. Now the question I have for you is: when you bring that into your prayer life, ‘hallowed be your name,’ what attitudes are wrapped up in that statement?

This morning or as far as we can go, I want to give you 4 for attitudes that are wrapped up in that statement: “hallowed be your name”.


Attitude 1. The first one is this that when I pray that, I understand that God is worthy to be revered.

What is the name of God? “Hallowed be your name” The name of God is His character. The name of God could be defined as the sum total of all of God's attributes. If you take all that God is, and all that He has revealed Himself to us, and you wrap that all up, that is His Name. The Name of God is simply and expression of who He is.  So, when we pray: Let your name be regarded as holy, what we are saying is, God I recognize and I acknowledge and I want everybody else to recognize, and I want everybody else to acknowledge that you are sanctified, you are holy, you are to be honoured. You are worthy to being esteemed above all others and everything else. You are worthy to be revered. He is Holy Holy Holy. That is why He is to be regarded in that way.

 

Do you often think about what makes God unique, what can only be said of God, right?  To be sanctified, to be set apart, to be altogether different – this is God – He is unlike us He is not like us, He is God alone.

 

What makes God – God? I will not exhaust it by any means but let me just mention a few things.

First of all, God alone is eternal. God is eternal. God has created us, and we are now immortal souls. That is that our existence will not end. After life on this earth and in this time, we will have existence forever, either in heaven or in hell. But we will not cease to exist we are immortal creatures, but we are not eternal beings. It is only true to say of God that He will always exist, but it is true to say of God that He has always existed.  Get your mind around that one. God never had a beginning; He has always been. That is not true of us. That is not true of anything else in this universe. That is only true of God. Matter is not internal.  Men are not eternal. Angels are not eternal, but God is eternal.  God alone is self-existent, that is to say that He is not dependent on anybody for His existence. We are not self-existent, are we? We have been created and now we are being sustained. This very moment your ability to think, your heart beating the fact that you have an existence, all of this is completely dependent upon God. He is your creator, and He is your sustainer.  You are not a self-existent being.

 

But God depends on no one. He alone is all powerful, He alone is all knowing, He alone is always present, He is immutable which is to say He never changes. He alone is the creator and the sustainer of everything that has an existence. That includes not only things that are visible but all the things that are invisible. He alone is the judge of all rational creatures; He will judge both men and Angels. He alone is worthy of all worship all obedience, all love, and all praise. I say again He alone is worthy of that. What do you worship, what do you give obedience to, what do you love, where is your praise being given? Only God is worthy of your best. And then after you are giving Him your best, He will enable you to be what He calls you to be in all the other relationships of life. It all begins with an exclusive devotion to Him.

 

He alone is God. His name is great and greatly to be praised.  His name is great.

1 Chronicles 16:25 (ESV) 25 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and He is to be held in awe above all gods.”

Psalm 48:1 (ESV) 1 A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God! His holy mountain,”

Psalm 96:4 (ESV) 4 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.”

Psalm 145:3 (ESV) 3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable.”

Do your absolute best to capture all His greatness and you have not scratched the surface. His greatness is unsearchable. And so when we say “Lord let your name be held in honour’,  let your name be regarded as Holy, what we're saying is because you are holy, and you are worthy of all reverence  and all worship and all love and all praise and all obedience. This is who you are, you are holy God, you alone are God.

 

There is a second attitude wrapped up in that statement as there is also the belief in the priority of God's glory.


The priority of this very recognition that we are praying about. You notice this is the first petition. What is the first thing on the mind of a disciple? What is on the top of the priority list? I am going before the Lord and I have got a list of requests, right? I have got petitions and what is on the top of my list? What has the greatest place of priority? What is most essential to everything else, so I am going to pray about? It is this, that I regard God’s name as holy and I want everyone to regard His name as holy, because He is Holy. This is the petition that informs all the others. This is the petition that is at the end of all the others.

What I pray about comes from my desire for God to be regarded as holy. What I pray about I desire to end in His name being regarded as holy. And the fact that I bring this before God recognizes that God is committed to this, that God's highest priority, if I could say it that way, is that His name would be magnified. All things exist to make God known, to put God’s glory on display, and the believers desire is to coincide with the creator's desire. God's highest priority is His name. Is that your highest priority? Do you recognize that that is right, that God's highest priority would be His own glory? Do you realize that is right? If we think in any other way our thinking is mistaken. What does that mean? That means then that in whatever way God chooses to glorify His name in my life and through my life, that is what I want.

 

And what does that results in? I can praise His name and I can magnify His name regardless of my circumstances. In the sunshine and what I want is for His name to be magnified. In the storm what I want is for His name to be magnified. I want the world to know who He is. For me to be used by Him as an instrument to put Himself on display. That is the highest priority. More than my comfort more than my pleasure is the fact that God's name would-be put-on display.

 

This is how a man of God like Job could lose everything, everything.  Job 1:21 (ESV) 21 And He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

God, I bless your name, your name is worthy to be blessed in my pain, as much as your name is worthy to be blessed in my pleasures. When I receive treasures from your hand oh God you are worthy of my praise, and when I receive tears from your hand oh God, you are worthy of my praise. Job's wife was not sure about that, was she?

Job 2:10 (ESV) when she told Him to curse God and die: 10 But He said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with His lips.” The Hebrew word translated evil can mean just that, but it can also mean injury, calamity, distress, misery. Do you think it’s right just to praise God when things are the way you think it ought to be?  Do you realise God’s nature? He is, and the fact that He is perfectly loving and perfectly good and perfectly wise and perfectly powerful. Do you understand that He knows what He is doing? Even when you face terrible circumstances, difficult circumstances, He is still worthy of your praise. And if that does not make sense to you, do you understand the problem is not with God, it is in your own understanding. It is just that you are not seeing things clearly. Psalm 113:1-6 (ESV) 1 Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord! 2 Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore! 3 From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised! 4 The Lord is high above all nations, and His glory above the heavens! 5 Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, 6 who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?”

Do not ever imagine when you're going through difficult times, and when you understand that God is committed above all things to His glory, don't take that to mean that He doesn't care about you. Because it is His glory that He cares for us. It should amaze us that He would take note of us, but He does. The Psalm goes on to say: Psalm 113:7-9 (ESV) 7 He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap, 8 to make them sit with princes, with the princes of His people. 9 He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord!”

This God who needs nothing, care about us and we were completely dependent upon Him. Hallowed be your Name.  What we are saying is that He is worthy for His name to be regarded as holy. He are worthy of that.

 

We are also saying that this is my priority. It is the first request on my list, it is the first thing from my lips. This is what is most important to me, that I would see and that the world would see who He is.

 

We continue tomorrow with the third attitude. Follow-up notes will be posted here as presented during devotions.