This message was part of the ‘How to Pray’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Fallowfield in early 2018. The full series included the following sermons:
This sermon was based on Matthew 6:9.
The Lord’s Prayer
9 Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Why Do We Pray This?
- Saying “hallowed be your name” is us asing God that His name would be made holy. This helps us see God in the way He wants us to, and aligns our priorities with his.
- We are made holy by the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for us. Reminding ourselves of this helps us to press into God before we pray. God is so perfect and holy and remembering this truth makes us want to please him by being holy ourselves.
What Does ‘Hallow’ Mean?
- Hallow = to treat as holy/to sanctify.
- We are called to fear God. He releases us from all fear – fear of what others think of us, fear about not having enough money, fear of losing a friendship – but we need to fear displeasing God. When He commands us to do something, we should follow.
- Saying “hallowed be your name” is giving glory to God. If we never get passed this line of the Lord’s prayer then that’s okay! It’s so important to lift up His name and dwell on the glory of God.
What Is God Like?
- God never had a beginning. He was, and is, and is to come. He has infinite power, and His will cannot be stopped. He is more kind and good and holy than anything we could imagine. He is faithful and full of love, forgiveness and mercy.
- God is jealous for our hearts and wants to be what we give our attention to which is why hallowing his name is so important in prayer.