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Devotional - week of April 1, 2007


SANCTIFYING GOD

 

In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.  Matthew 6:9

 

 

Many people know the Lord’s Prayer and some of them pray the Lord’s Prayer. When Jesus says pray, “hallowed be your name,” He uses a word that can also be translated “sanctified.” The idea of the word is “to set apart.” Jesus means for us to pray that the name of the Father will be set apart. No human is on the same level with God. There are many gods but none of them is on the same level with the God of Israel and the God of Christian believers.

 

When we pray for God’s name to be hallowed, we are praying that through our lives and the lives of all believers His name will be set apart in the thoughts of others. In addition, we are praying that He will work in the world in such a manner that His name will be set apart from all other names in the thoughts of others.

 

God does miraculous works through His children. Some people view these works as being done by the person being used by God rather than by God. Some people want to honor the person rather than God. God did not intend that we take credit for what He does in us and through us. The believer being used by God should try to set apart God’s name in the minds of those people who are giving the undeserved credit.

 

God reveals His desire that His name be hallowed in an experience of the Israelites. While they were wandering in the wilderness, they came to a place where there was no water. God told Moses to speak to a rock and water would be supplied. However, in a moment of unusual rebellion against the leadership of God, Moses struck the rock twice. The record of God’s response to Moses is found in Numbers 20:12.

 

"Because you did not believe Me, to hallow [sanctify] Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them."

 

With these words, God reveals that His name is hallowed or set apart by His miraculous deeds.

 

One of God’s miraculous works is that of living through us in our daily walk with Him. He does so when we permit Jesus to be supreme in our lives.