Teach Us To Pray Part 3
Hallowed Be Your Name – Matthew 6:5-8
Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – Sept. 16th, 2018
- Today is part 3 of our 9-part series that is helping us to grow in our understanding of how Jesus taught us to pray so that our prayers will be powerful and effective, and we will be more like him.
- At this point in this series you should have a good understanding that you are not to pray like the hypocrites, putting on a show for others to see, and you should not pray by heaping up meaningless words in hope that you will be heard by God.
- You should recognize the first priority of prayer is God – His name, His glory, His kingdom, and His will. The second priority of prayer is us – our needs, our relationships, our temptations, our protection.
- You should know what an honor it is to call God “Father” and what a privilege it is to be called one of His children, being adopted into the family of God by the choice of God because of the love and obedience of His only begotten son, Jesus.
- Jesus taught us to pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”(Matt 6:9 ESV) This morning we are seeking to understand what “hollowed be your name” means and why is it important that we pray for this.
- When we pray, “hallowed be your name,” we are asking that the name of God would be regarded as sacred, that it would be treated with reverence, that it would be respected and that it would be seen as holy.
- Why would that be important? Because if we and others don’t see, value or regard God for who He is, we will not serve Him, honor Him or fear Him. We will not be concerned about His kingdom or His will but only see Him as a source for our kingdom and our will. People don’t submit their will to the will of God if they don’t honor Him as the highest, holiest and most sovereign.
Recognizing God for who He is
- Many of the psalms were written to give glory and praise to God because of who He is.Psalm 111 is a great example of this.
Ps 111 ESV
Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. 2 Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them. 3 Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. 4 He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and merciful. 5 He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. 6 He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the inheritance of the nations. 7 The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy; 8 they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. 9 He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name! 10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
- God is to be praised because of His works. God is to be honored because of his righteousness, grace and mercy. God is to be respected because he provides for us and keeps His promises. God is to be feared because of His great power. God is to be praised because He give us an inheritance. He is to be honored because He is faithful, just, trustworthy, and eternal. Fearing the Lord is the beginning of wisdom – those who practice wisdom have a good understanding of who God is. He should be honored and praised forever.
- The book of revelation also reveals to us that at the end of the age before God’s final judgments are poured out, the multitudes around the throne sing out:
Rev 15:3-4 ESV
“Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations! 4 Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
- These people recognize how truly amazing God is by what He does. They see Him as just, true and the king of the nations. People will fear Him and glorify His name, for He alone is holy.
- This is the image that I want you to see in your mind when you think about God. In our prayer of “hallowed be your name” is the request that we and all people will recognize who God is. (Also know that this is the main tactic of the enemy to twist the marline the character of God).
- When we are adopted into the family of God and call Him “Father,” we take on His name.This is serious business because now we represent God as a family member of His house.
Representing God in who we are
- God takes His reputation and His glory seriously. If we recognize who He is and treat Him with respect and honor, we will live our lives in accordance to His will.We will see His word as final and we will see His will as good. We will live our lives to honor His name and bring glory to His name and not focus on bringing glory and honor to our own name. (This is the fundamental problem with our flesh – we want our name to be honored, our kingdom to expand, our will to be done). When we see Him for who He is, then we see ourselves for who we are and give Him the honor and respect that is due Him.
- Understanding who God is and treating Him as sacred and holy is so vital and important that God put in as priorities when He created a community of people who where His.When God called His people and delivered them from slavery in Egypt, He gave them rules to live by because of what is valued as important, namely God and people. (Everything is based in loving God and loving others)
Ex 20:2-7 ESV
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.3 “You shall have no other gods before me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth . . . 7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
- When God set them apart and sent them out to their own land, they were to represent Him and his glory among the nations. They did a poor job of that, so much so that God had in His mind to destroy them on several occasions. Why did He decide not to do so? Because of His name.
Ezek 36:20-32 ESV
But when they came to the nations, wherever they came, they profaned my holy name, in that people said of them, ‘These are the people of the Lord, and yet they had to go out of his land.’ 21 But I had concern for my holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations to which they came.
22 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. 23 And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes . . . 32 It is not for your sake that I will act, declares the Lord God; let that be known to you.
- If you have been adopted into the family of God, you carry the family name of God. We can wound and tarnish that name by how we live and act. For God’s name He saves us and is good to us, not because of how good we are, but to show how good He is. Our connection to Him is to reflect His character and His goodness to the nations. This is what our lives should be all about and this is we pray “hallowed be your name.”
- Understand who God is and in so doing pray that His name will be honored and holy in all the earth.
- Knowing that we are ones who bear His name, we must live in a way that brings honor to His name.
- Communion and prayer