Hallowed be your Name

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What concern did you choose to pray through the Lord’s Prayer pattern? As you bring that request to God, can you place His honor above your desires and say, “Hallowed be your name”?

Hallowed is not a common word. My only recall of its use is “hallowed halls” of a university, which implies respect or a revered tradition one wouldn’t think of changing. Both thoughts are applicable to today’s prayer. Synonyms for hallowed are holy, blessed, sacred, revered.

We do not ask God to make His already-holy name hallowed, but that His name—who He is, His glory—takes precedence over the answers we seek. My mind has considered many wonderful ways God could answer my prayer, but now it is still, acknowledging what is important—the glory of His name.

Lord, be sanctified in my heart. In the pain I carry, in the circumstances that need your intervention, in the life of my loved one—above all, above the solution I long for, may your name be hallowed.

This means my child’s struggle, my husband’s issue, my friend’s restoration, my personal disappointment—whatever tearful burden I’m bringing—is secondary to His name being revered. Nothing is more important.

As the first of six requests, “hallowed be your name” is rightly positioned, dictating the priority of our desires. Asking that His name be honored is a request that God Himself, with all the attributes of His divine nature, be held in highest esteem—His power, wisdom, sovereignty, authority, omniscience and all He is.

When you cry out to God with your burden, may your greatest longing be for God’s will, purposes, and plans to be revered more than your personal wishes and desired solutions.

Lord, may your name be hallowed above the desires of my heart.

“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.” (Philippians 2:9-10)

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