Sunday 9 May 2021

The Lord’s Prayer - "hallowed be Your Name" (9 May 2021)

We paused our discussions in this series for the last two weeks as there were other more pressing topics to cover. But today, we managed to get back on track during our family time with the next phrase in the Lord's prayer, "hallowed be Your Name."

The definition of the word 'hallowed' includes 'holy', 'revered', and 'honoured'. There are various versions of this phrase and one of them in particular is, "May your holy name be honoured" (Good News Translation). 

So when we pray for God's name to be honoured, it is not only a declaration of our reverence for His holy name, but also an expression of our hope that all peoples, tribes and tongues will one day know and honour Him as we do. This phrase thus encapsulates the two most important commandments (Mark 12:30-31) - to love God as well as to love our neighbours! 

The Jews believe that God's name is too holy to be spoken and thus replace it with the tetragram YHWH. Although it is true that God is our Friend (James 2:23) and Brother (Mark 3:34-35), we have to be careful that we do not take God's grace and love for granted and forget the fear of the Lord. 

In fact, all our actions should be governed by it. Joseph is a good example of how one can even set aside deep-seated emotions and desires like anger, bitterness, self-righteousness and revenge, in order to put God and His purposes first.

In addition to our physical well-being, our emotional and mental health are also tied to a proper awe and reverence of God.

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. (Proverbs 3:7-8)

The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm. (Proverbs 19:23)

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)

However, it is not enough to merely fear God. We also need to know Him. And it is only through experiencing Him that we learn to know His voice (John 10:27). We shared with one another the ways we each experience God most intimately:

  • He speaks to us when we worship Him through music and the arts
  • He reveals Himself to us when we read His Word
  • He communes with us when we spend time chatting with Him
  • He shows us His ways through people and circumstances around us
  • He sends insights, revelations, ideas and solutions whenever we seek and ask 

Hallowed be Your Name, o Lord! And may our reverence for You lead others to also honour Your Name.

Check out other insights we received about The Lord's Prayer:

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