Summary: Praise before Petitions.
SERIES: The Greatest Prayer Ever Prayed #3
TITLE: Hallowed Be Thy Name
TEXT: Matthew 6:9b
INTRO: The Lord’s Prayer begins with praise, which is followed by a series of petitions to God. There are Seven Petitions in the Lord’s Prayer divided into Two Groups:
The first THREE petitions refer to God:
1. Hallowed be Thy Name
2. Thy Kingdom come
3. Thy Will be done...on earth as it is in Heaven
The next FOUR refer to our needs.
4. Give us this day our Daily Bread,
5. Forgive us our Debts (or trespasses) as we forgive...
6. Lead us not into Temptation
7. but Deliver us from Evil (some translate as...”from the evil one”)
I. GOD'S NAME
# A prominent English clergyman said “Nobody fears God nowadays.” We live in a fallen world which defiles and degrades the holy Name of God. We are surrounded by people who express hostility and indifference instead of reverence.
-Public prayers are opposed if they are made in “Jesus’ Name”.
A. God's Name is Holy
1. David wrote, in the book of Psalms:
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. (Psalm 20:7)
"Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name." (Psa.103:1)
2. Some of the Names ascribed to God:
I Am - Self-Existent One
Elohim - Almighty God, Creator
Jehovah - The God who reveals Himself to us.
El-Shaddai – God blesses us.
Adonai - He is our owner and master
Jehovah-Jireh He is our provider
Jehovah-Rophe - He is our healer
Jehovah-Nissi - Our banner in warfare
Jehovah-M'Kaddesh - Who sanctifies us
Jehovah-Shalom - Our peace
Jehovah-Tsidkenu - Our righteousness
Jehovah-Rohi - My Shepherd
Jehovah- Shammah - Is there with us.
Immanuel - God with us.
Jesus - Joshua, Yeshua = Lord who is salvation
Christ (Gk.) - Title = Anointed One, (Hb.) Messiah
B. We Must Never Misuse God's Name
-In the Third Commandment, we are told, Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (Exo.20:7)
II. HONORING GOD'S NAME
A. The First Petition in the Lord's Prayer, "Hallowed be Thy Name"
A SAINT PRAYS (continued)
“Hallowed be thy name ..."
“Hold it! What do you mean by that?“
"By ‘hallowed be thy name'?"
"It means ... it means ... good grief! I don't know what it means. How should I know? It's just a part of the prayer.
By the way, what does it mean?"
"It means honored ... holy ... wonderful."
"Hey, that makes sense. I never thought about what ‘hallowed' meant before...”
B. What it Means
1. Gk. hagiazo = to make holy, i.e. purify or consecrate;
to venerate: be holy, sanctify.
2. Only God deserves to be regarded as "Holy, Holy, Holy
Lord, God Almighty."
3.He is the God the Father, God the Son,& God the Holy
4. His name is above every other name in heaven and earth.
We worship Him with thanksgiving and come into His courts
III. WHEN WE PRAY, "Hallowed be Thy Name"
A. Prayer Becomes an Act of Worship
1. We are not rushing into the presence of God to demand
2. We are coming into his presence recognizing who God is
and what He can do for us
3. When Moses appeared before the burning bush, he heard
the voice of God and removed his sandals, to indicate his
humility before God
4. When Isaiah had a vision of the majesty of God, he cried
out in fear, realizing that he was unworthy to appear before
the Lord. At that moment he understood who God was and
who he was.
B. We Are Asking That God's Name be Respected
1. In the world, that men would fear, honor, and respect Him
2. In our lives, that we would reflect Him properly
(Mat. 5:16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
3. Others are looking at us and their understanding of God is
affected by the way we live
(1 Joh. 3:18) My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)
-What are we doing to "hallow" God’s Name?
-Do our prayers and our lives bring praise to God?
-When we talk, do we have holy conversations?
-Are we reaching towards praise in all we do?
-God wants us to be holy, as He is holy.
He wants us to be saints-set apart from all that is profane.