What We Do When We Do Church – “Hallowed Be Thy Name”

Matthew 6:9-13

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation,     but deliver us from evil.

Luke 11:2-4

“Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”

What we call today “The Lord’s Prayer” is found in these two places in the Scriptures. The next couple of devotions are based on a section of the book Listening to the Language of the Bible: Hearing it Through Jesus’ Ears, by Lois Tverberg with Bruce Okkema.

The previous devotions in this series are:

Part 1 – Hymnody
Part 2 – Invocation
Part 3 – Baptism
Part 4 – Confession of Sins
Part 5 – Absolution
Part 6 – Introit / Psalmody
Part 7 – Kyrie
Part 8 – Hymn of Praise
Part 9 – Scripture Readings
Part 10 – Sermon
Part 11 – Confession of Faith
Part 12 – Offering
Part 13 – Offertory
Part 14 – Prayer
Part 15 – “Our Father”

 

“Hallowed Be Thy Name”

We say it every week, “Hallowed be Thy name.” But do we really know what this means?

In Hebrew/Aramaic (the language Jesus spoke) Kiddush Ha Shem – “to hallow the name” – means to live our lives so as to bring honor to God’s name.

What’s the big deal about God’s name?

God’s name is actually who He is. And what we do as Christians represents God to all the people around us.

Kiddush Ha Shem is very important. We want to live our lives in such a way as to show other people just how holy God is. He loves us so much that He sacrificed all to save us from sin, death, and the power of the devil.

We cannot make God’s name holy – it is holy in and of itself. What we are praying when we say Kiddush Ha Shem is that we live as God’s Holy people so that others may know the love God has for them.
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