Monday, February 27, 2017

Prayer - Hallowed Be Thy Name (HP14)

Mat 6:9  In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
Hallow comes from the root word translated as holy. So hallowed can mean 'holiness' for God is holy.

1 Pet 1:15-16  but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”  

What is holy conduct or holiness?

Rom 6:16,19b  Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?... For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.
From the above, when we obey God by keeping His word this will lead us to righteousness. And when we are servants of righteousness (righteous deeds), this will lead us into holiness.
Holiness = Righteousness + Righteous Deeds.

Psalm 89:14  Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face.
The above attributes belong to our holy God, so possibly,

Holiness = Righteousness + Justice + Mercy + Truth.

Psalm 96:7-9  Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples, Give to the Lord glory and strength. Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come into His courts. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth.
As Christians we carry His Name 'Jesus' with us, and we are His representatives (children) on earth. So let us glorify His name and worship Him in the beauty of holiness. [ Do not blaspheme His holy name by our evil and wicked deeds.]

Brethren, our worships are beautiful to God when we walk in holiness (holy in all our conduct, acts, deeds, works, etc.) with righteousness, justice, mercy and truth, for we have truly hallowed His Name.