“Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name” -Matthew 6:9
I find myself reflecting over the past year today. It has been a year like no other, in my life at least. I keep hearing the same phrases from other people about how this has been a crazy year, a horrible year, a year that we all want to be over. So, I think most others would agree with me that this year has been like no other. But, I’m not sure they would agree with me on the reason.
I wrote a prayer at the beginning of this year and reread it today. It was a prayer for the year that I prayed on the first day of the year 2020, “God, show us your glory this year in a powerful way!” Thinking about that today, I realize that God did in fact show us His glory in a powerful way. He showed us His glory by forcing us to look at ourselves and see how we have been rejecting Him by neglecting the hallowing of His name.
God has revealed to us our worldliness and our worship of the creation rather than the Creator by the taking away of so much of what has come to occupy our lives. He has revealed our lack of trust in Him through our intense fear of the COVID19 virus. He has revealed our disunity in how we treat people who are different from us and those who do not share our opinions. He has revealed our dependence on worldly institutions and leaders rather than on His sovereign care for us.
Jesus told his disciples to pray “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name.” (To hallow means to honor or see as holy.) That’s the first thing in his list of what to pray. It is the number one thing that we are here to do. In everything we do and say and think, we are to do it for the honor and glory of the name of God.
Jesus did that. When He was in the garden in agony, crying out to His Father, He said, “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Jesus came for the purpose of hallowing the name of His Father.
Hallowing God’s name is everything.
His kingdom cannot come if He is not hallowed. If His will is not done, He is not being hallowed. Everything comes from Him therefore He deserves the glory. If we were not forgiven His name would not be hallowed. If He did not guard us and protect us from evil He would not be hallowed. He is the end of everything that is covered in the prayer that Jesus gave his followers to pray. And in the end, Jesus’ death on the cross was the means of the hallowing of His Father’s name. No greater love!
Please don’t waste what God has shown us this year. All of the struggle of this past year would be wasted on us if we did not look at God and see His glory and repent from our lack of seeing Him and trusting Him, and treating Him as holy and worthy of the hallowing of His name.