“Hallowed be thy name.”Matthew 6:9.
What is it to “hallow” the Lord’s name?
It’s to consider his honour, to reverence his glory, to show respect and courtesy.
And when you come to ask him for something, better make sure that you’re asking for the sake of his glory.
I mean to say: could you really stand before God and demand your own glory? With a straight face?
The “hallowing of his name” reminds us that God’s glory is precious to him. His reputation matters! Moses reminded God that his reputation would be at risk if he wiped out Israel because of their sin (Deuteronomy 9:26–28).
Also, in the days of Israel’s evil King Ahab, God decided to smash the armies of Syria, simply because the Syrian captains had taunted that God was not able to overcome them.
‘This is what the Lord says: “Because the Arameans think the Lord is a god of the hills and not a god of the valleys, I will deliver this vast army into your hands, and you will know that I am the Lord.”’ (I Kings 20:28).
What a wonderful way of approaching prayer and thinking of the God of supply – to remember that this is all about him, his honour, his glory – and that this is his story and not mine.
Lord, hallow your name – in my life, and lifestyle. And especially in my speech.