“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name’” (Matthew 6:9 NIV)
At Thanksgiving, my siblings and I gather, with our spouses and children, at my parents’ home for the traditional big family holiday dinner. Food is prepared that is common to these gatherings. But what really sets this meal apart is the dishes. My mother points out which set of plates we are to set the table with and which set of glasses we are to use.
I enjoy running and exercise. In addition to better physical fitness, an enjoyable aspect of the experience is finding the right gear and apparel. I have shorts, shirts, and shoes, even jackets and socks, that were purchased for this activity alone and specially dedicated for use in running or exercise.
Set apart. Distinct purpose. Special use.
“Holy” may be understood as simply as this: Something that is set apart for a distinct purpose and special use. China dishware and glassware. Exercise apparel. You get the idea.
God’s name is like that. When we pray for God’s name to be hallowed, to be regarded as and kept holy, we are praying for God’s name to be set apart for distinct purpose and special use.
This should raise our regard and respect for God’s name. It is no casual thing to mention the name of God. So handle with intentional care and purpose.
Prayer: God, forgive me for casually attaching your name to things that have no business being associated with you. Grant me such regard for the holiness of your name that I may be deliberate about how I mention your name. Amen.