We begin our prayers worshiping God for who He is and what He has done. We lavish Him with affection and love as we bask in His holy presence.
We started our prayer with Our Father. We will examine the phrase;
WHO ART IN HEAVEN.
When we pray, we are coming to a God in Heaven, who, unlike our earthly fathers, is perfect-His love unconditional, unchanging, and complete. We are coming to a Father with unlimited resources- all of Heaven and Earth at His command. We are coming to a Father who gave up His very Son that we might become joint heirs with Him.
“If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all– how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:31-32)
HALLOWED BE THY NAME
Hollowed means “May Your Name be Kept Holy.” It comes from the Greek word, “Hagios,” meaning “holy.” To speak of the name of God is to speak of His very character.
Jehovah : Jireh God our Provider
Nissi God our Banner
Rohi God our Shepherd
Rophe God our Healer
M’Kiddesh God our Holiness
Tsidkenu God our Righteousness
Shamma God is There
Shalom God our Peace
We can be hallowed or holy with words, thoughts, behavior, song and praise, clapping our hands, or lifting our hands into the air with a triumphant shout. We humbly worship God’s name as we consider the power and authority it represents. As we honor His name, we honor Him.
When we pray,”Hallowed be Thy Name,” we are literally taking a stand- choosing to allow God, and all that His name represents, first place in our lives. We are choosing to honor the first and third of the Ten Commandments: “You shall have no other gods before Me” and “You shall not misuse the Name of the Lord your God.”
Let the revival of reverence for His holy Name began in the house of God and let it sweep the nation from house to house and heart-to-heart. Let His Name be glorified in all the earth!
Rev. P. Benjamin Jr. 5/16/14 “Keep Me in Your Glory Lord”