Hallowed be Your Name

     What is most important to you when you come before God in prayer? In the gospel of Luke Jesus said, "When you pray, say, 'Our Father, who is in heaven hallowed be your name' ". That form of address has become a standard form of Christian prayer. However, we often take for granted its astonishing significance. Jesus instructs us that when we pray, we are to refer to God as "our Father". The "ourness" of this relationship is unique in the ministry of Jesus because He gives us the privilege to call the Father, "our Father". Now by adoption because of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, Jesus says that we may regard God, not only as His Father but as "our Father".

     This should cause us to have a complete respect and adoration for the Name of God, and not a flippant careless manner in which we simply say when agitated or excited, "Oh my God", as if God is even thought of in this passing cliché. Even more intensely, we see that Jesus refers to His father as the "Holy Father". However, we are unfit to call the Father, holy Father, because as Isaiah put it, we are not holy, accentuated by his statement, "Woe is me for I am undone, I am a man of unclean lips". Calling the Father "holy", was reserved for Jesus who was with the Father from the beginning, and only He could bear to look into the face of God and able to bear it, say, " Holy Father". But now, because of Christ's love for you, you have the privilege to call the father, "the Holy Father".

     Do you have a respect for the Name of God, our Father, and see how privileged we are, because of Christ, to have a relationship with God at all? If we could only see in the eyes of this God-man Jesus, as He gazes upon his heavenly Father, and see the rainbow rising around the throne of God, and find ourselves worshiping there, as we cry out with the seraphim and with all the angels in heaven, "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty".  As like 1,000 laser beams of purity and devotion shining through, we gaze upon, "Our Father, who is in heaven, Hallowed be your Name".