How do we pray “In this manner…”?
In Matthew 6, Jesus described the way we should approach God in prayer. It wasn’t a set of words to be repeated daily, but a model prayer containing powerful principles. The first phrase is:
“In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.” (v.9)
What does it mean to hallow God’s name? Is He dependent on us for His name to be glorified and respected? Absolutely not! His name is praised and honored every minute of every day, whether we acknowledge Him or not. It’s for our benefit and a matter of proper foundation.
For the approach to be in the right mindset, the heart must be willing to admit that God is sovereign over His creation. To “pray without ceasing” as Paul instructs in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 is to start the morning and continue the day with the understanding that God is ultimately overseeing everything.
Will you hallow His name today in prayer?
Will you hallow His name today through your actions?