For he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. (Luke 1:49)
Yesterday we stated that we can speak to God as our Father. He loves us and only wants good for us. Today we look at the second line of the Lord's Prayer.
"Hallowed" is to do with the holiness of God. It is better to understand this line as "May (or let) your name be holy." When we pray this line, we are recognizing that the nature of God is holy and distinct from us. This will lead us into closer walk with our Creator and the development of holiness in ourselves, mirroring the nature of the God we worship.
When we say, "Holy is Your Name," we are giving glory and honor to God. We are praising God for who He is. The beginning of the Lord's Prayer immediately brings our focus to God, rather than to ourselves. We can trust that our Father, who is Holy, hears us when we pray to Him.
The Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power
and the glory forever. Amen.
In holiness God is more clearly seen than in anything else, save in the Person of Christ Jesus the Lord, of whose life such holiness is but a repetition. - Charles Spurgeon