Honor and revere his name
“This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”
– Matthew 6:9
Prayer is the heart’s sincere desire uttered or unexpressed – prayer is the motion of a hidden fire that trembles in the breast. Prayer is your credit card that acknowledges and pays for the desires of your heart.
We live in an age and time when many are falling into traps that are contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ. There are religious groups that demand six to eight hours of constant praying each day. It is based on prayer without ceasing, the story of the prophetess Anna’s constant stay in the temple, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Wow!
Again, we now live in an age where many are becoming lured into false teachings and fanaticism is strongly giving way to reason. The marriage bed has been forsaken for all night vigils, children are neglected, housekeeping is on its own, the stove has lost its heat, personal appearance is null and void, “holy is his name” has become an alarm that is uncontrolled and blasts to the constant annoyance of others.
The sweetest sound to a person is hearing their name called and immediately a feeling of uneasiness is brought on when it is called or pronounced incorrectly. In our text today, continuing with The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus is telling us that our heavenly father who is domiciled in heaven, but whose presence and spirit throughout the world of his creation, his name is always to be holy and honored. How unkind and ungrateful for children to denounce and curse the name of their father.
In whatever language and tongue, the name of the almighty father is called, we are to hold sacred and honorable is his name. Many times, when titles are attached to names of persons it does not match up with their character; but God’s name is in keeping with who he is. He is all powerful, all knowledge, all wisdom, present in and throughout the earth. His name removes fear and doubt, forgives sins, changes sinners into saints – and unrighteousness into righteousness.
Today dear readers, let us continue to honor and revere the holiness and divine honor of his name. There is power, might and majesty subscribed to our father.