Our Father who is in Heaven, hallowed be Your name!
This is a prayer most of us have prayed our entire life, but do we really know what it means? In studying this prayer many have understood the section that says “hallowed be Your name” to mean “Your name is holy” and that is correct, God’s name is holy. But this particular verse means much more than this. To read it from a Hebrew perspective it reads “let Your name be sanctified” or “let Your name be set-apart”. It is the first petition of this model prayer which, when prayed correctly actually lasts about an hour (yes that is correct). So how do “we” sanctify God’s name? We sanctify God’s name by our behavior, by the way we live. On this earth, our God is judged by His representatives, us.
In Hebrew there are two phrases which discusses whether a person’s life brings glory or dishonor to God. They are Kiddush Hashem and Hilul Hashem. Kiddush Hashem, translated “sanctification of the name” means to perform good deeds that bring glory to the name of God. Hilul Hashem when translated means the exact opposite, it means to perform deeds that profane God’s name.
So the next time you pray, “Our Father, who is in Heaven, hallowed be Your name” remember that you are actually praying that the life you live bring honor and glory to our God.
The first three petitions:
Matthew 6:9 Our Father who is in the heavens,
Petition 1: let Your Name be set-apart,
Petition 2: let Your reign (kingdom) come,
Petition 3: let Your desire be done on earth as it is in heaven.
God's Church, The body of Christ, the Temple of God is not to tear down and destroy people, but rather it is to build and uplift. There are times when we as ministers have to chastise, correct or rebuke sometimes creating an open wound (spiritually), but we should never leave that wound open to fester and get infected. Rather we, as ministers of grace are to apply the healing balm of Gilead, the salve and ointment of God to bring healing to that wound and set that part of the body on the road to recovery and good spiritual health. All that we do should be done through the leading and unction of the Holy Spirit of God and it should be done for one purpose, to bring honor and glory to our God and to assist in the building His kingdom.