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Devotional - week of November 14, 2010


HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME

 

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

 

The word translated “hallowed” is the same Greek work translated “sanctify” in John 17:17. A basic meaning of the word is “to set apart.” When we pray for the name of the Lord to be hallowed, we are praying that His name be set apart from all other names in the minds of all people. There is no other being like God. 

 

Consider some passages that indicate that God is different from all others.

 

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”  Isaiah 55:8-9

 

“… there is no other God besides Me, A just God and a Savior; There is none besides Me.  Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.”  Isaiah 45:21-22

 

“For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure …”  Isaiah 46:9-10

 

When we pray “hallowed be your name,” we are praying for for all believers to understand and experience their oneness with Christ. There is no other spiritual state that sets God apart in the mind of a believer like that of experiencing his spiritual crucifixion, burial and resurrection.

 

We bring honor and glory to God when we pray, “Hallowed be your name.”