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A HALLOWED NAME


 

LET US PRAY

 

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 also have forgiven our debtors.

And do not bring us to the time of trial,

but rescue us from the evil one.*

For the kingdom

and the power and the glory are yours forever. Amen.

 

BIBLE READING

 

PSALM 145


1 I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. 2 Every day I will bless you, and praise your name forever and ever. 3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable.

4 One generation shall laud your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. 5 On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. 6 The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed, and I will declare your greatness. 7 They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness, and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

8 The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 9 The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.

10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your faithful shall bless you. 11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and tell of your power, 12 to make known to all people your[a] mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your[b] kingdom. 13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

The Lord is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds.[c] 14 The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down. 15 The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. 16 You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing. 17 The Lord is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings. 18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. 19 He fulfills the desire of all who fear him; he also hears their cry, and saves them. 20 The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.

21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.

 

A HALLOWED NAME

 

I believe Psalm 145 gives us a good sense of what it means to "hallow God's Name." To pray, “Hallowed be thy name,” is to pray that God’s name be set above every other name—by every tribe, nation, and tongue—for extraordinary praise, devotion, and delight. The hallowing of God’s name is to be our first prayer, our top priority according to the model prayer Jesus taught.


To hallow something means literally to “render or acknowledge, to set apart.” Jesus knew that we are designed to render and acknowledge something or someone who is bigger and beyond us.


I deeply appreciate the way our Catechism puts it.


“Hallowed be your name” means:
Help us to truly know you, to honor, glorify, and praise you for all your works and for all that shines forth from them: your almighty power, wisdom, kindness, justice, mercy, and truth. 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.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 says "Thus says the Lord: Do not let the wise boast in their wisdom, do not let the mighty boast in their might, do not let the wealthy boast in their wealth; but let those who boast boast in this, that they understand and know me, that I am the Lord; I act with steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord."


We often “hallow” or worship worldly things, or people without realizing we were created to hallow an exceptional God. As we pray, our natural inclination is to begin by focusing on our needs or our struggles. Wouldn't you agree? God clearly cares about those needs and struggles, but our prayers will always be limited in scope and depth when we begin by focusing on ourselves rather than God. Fixing our minds and hearts on His glory, His power, His wisdom, His justice, His authority, His holiness, and His love is what gives us the proper context for everything else we pray. I invite you to start your prayers with a focus on the God we are praying to, begin with thankfulness like we suggested in Monday's devotion, Our Father, Our creator, the Creator of all things, and then focus on hallowing his name as Psalm 145 does, or as the catechism invites too. When we do this I promise you that you will notice how your needs and your struggles look different when you focus on God’s glory first.


O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him, to receive a gift in return?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen.
 

PRAYER

Today in your prayers incorporate some of what we noted above, here is a bit of a summary that you could use,


God, Hallowed be Your name,

May your name be glorified and honored—I glory in your glory May your name be high and lifted up (Isaiah 57:15)—in my heart and mind and soul and… May your name be treasured and loved and cherished above all else May my life bring glory to your name in my words, my relationships, my work, my…

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