“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name…” – Matthew 6:9
What if our prayers began with a “hallowed be Thy name”? Where truly before we thanked God for anything, before we made our requests known to Him, we first lifted up His holy name. Wouldn’t our requests be made more in line with the reality of who He is not what we wanted Him to do? Wouldn’t our prayers be more kingdom minded then worldly minded? Wouldn’t our prayers first seek the Giver rather then the gift? If only we would discover the JOY of first hallowing His name.
Jesus knew the way to know God, to pray, was first to lift up the name of the one to whom we bring ourselves and all of our desires. The way was first to pray that His name be hallowed, honored, glorified. Is that my first prayer, the first desire of my heart, that His name be lifted up above all else?
“Oh Lord, I do not often come to you first with a reverence and awe at the One I have direct access to. I take for granted Your holiness, Your righteousness, Your awesome power. Let this become my practice, that before anything else “Hallowed be Thy name.”