Jesus taught His disciples how to pray and He started with the following sentence, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name” (Matthew 6:9). The word hallow means to regard as holy. God’s Holy name describes His character “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation. (Ex. 34:5–7).
The name of God can be hallowed in two ways:
(1) By praising His divine acts and acknowledging His goodness and mercy that are fresh every day (Psalm 92).“Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, and I will declare Your greatness. To make known to the sons of men His mighty” (Ps. 145:6 also Joshua 2:9-11).
(2) By offering willing obedience to His commands. Jesus explained the importance of being obedient, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matt. 7:21–23 also Acts 10:35). Christians hallow God’s name by walking in His path.
Faith in God must accompany works, or the works are only a dry form of religion. It is true that “faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (James 2:17), but it is equally true that works unaccompanied by a sincere and living faith are also “dead” (Heb. 11:6). Thus, the faithful can hallow God by allowing Him to reproduce His holy character in them. The apostle Paul exhorts the believers saying, “be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2).
In His service,
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