Day 2 – Monday January 15

Matthew 6:9c    Hallowed be your name


Why did Jesus tell us to hallow God’s Name? What exactly does this mean?

To hallow something can mean either to make it holy or to recognize that it is holy and treat it accordingly. If we are speaking of created things, we hallow or sanctify something by setting it apart for God’s purposes. But if we are speaking of the Creator himself, we hallow or sanctify Him by recognizing that He is holy and speaking of Him and His name with reverence and awe (Hebrews 12:28 NIV).

To Moses He said “I am who I am” (Exodus 3:14 ESV), and thus revealed His name (“I am”) to Israel. This name represents His character. He is who He is – entirely consistent, faithful, unchangeable and unchanging. Through Isaiah He proclaimed, to Israel and to the nations, “I am the LORD and there is no other.” (Isaiah 45:6 ESV).

Jesus, who gave us this prayer, hallowed his Father’s name above all else. The Spirit of the fear [reverence and awe] of the LORD was on him (Isaiah 11:2-3). He could do only what he saw his Father doing (John 5:19). When we pray “Hallowed be your name” as he taught us to pray, we are asking God to make us holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16), so that we who bear that name might inherit the Kingdom which cannot be shaken, and that our lives might bear witness to His glory and goodness.