4 Simple words that carry so much weight and meaning. In a way this 4 words help us restore our understanding of who God is, and at the same time the same 4 words calls us to live our lives in a manner worthy of the one we call Father. Prayer is indeed that daily talk we have with God, but it goes so much deeper than a few words spoken in a rush, prayer is meant to help us see our world with eyes of faith, the way the God sees it.
So if you could have that view that about prayer, how would your prayer change today?
Q122. What does the first request mean?
- Hallowed be thy name means, Help us to really know you,1 to bless, worship, and praise you for all your works and for all that shines forth from them: your almighty power, wisdom, kindness, justice, mercy, and truth.2 And it means, Help us to direct all our living— what we think, say, and do— so that your name will never be blasphemed because of us but always honored and praised.3
1 Jer. 9:23, 24; 31:33, 34; Matt. 16:17; John 17:3.
2 Ex. 34:5-8; Ps. 145; Jer. 32:16-20; Luke 1:46-55, 68-75; Rom. 11:33-36.
3 Ps. 115:1; Matt. 5:16.