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In teaching his disciples how to pray and what to talk to God about, Jesus touched on the things that matter most. He highlighted what ought to be at the core of all our praying.

Jesus said, “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is 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 do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’” (Matthew 6:9-12)

When we ask God, our heavenly Father, to “hallow” his name, we are partnering with him in what he himself is doing. To hallow his name is to have all that he is celebrated as that which is most to be glorified, most to be celebrated, most to be delighted in. We are asking him to make much of his person, his presence, his plans.

God declares that he acts, by himself, for his own glory (Isaiah 48:11). He makes it clear that he will not give his glory to any other (Isaiah 42:8). In the earth, among all the nations, God is putting his glory on display (Ezekiel 39:21). In the opening verses of Ephesians, Paul repeatedly says that what God is doing is all for the praise of the glory of his grace (Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14).

God is all about the display of his own glory, the spread of his great fame, the demonstration of his greatness. And, this is right! Because God is that which is absolutely the most glorious and good and praise-worthy in the universe, he must make most of himself. To do less would be to prize and value something less than the best.

So, in the opening words of “the Lord’s prayer,” we are encouraged to ask God to continue to make most of himself, to put himself on display, to spread his fame, to make “his name” great.

In praying such a prayer (if we ever actually ask for this in the midst of everything else we ask God for in our daily praying) we are prizing what God himself prizes. And that causes me to wonder. What would change in my own life if this prayer began to be answered? How could I lean into the answer to this prayer–for God’s name to be “hallowed”–in my own life?

Certainly I could and should pray those words. But what would it look like if I actually sought the answer to that request in my day-to-day, moment-to-moment living?


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