Hallowed Be Thy Name
"Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth." Psalm 50:2
When Jesus taught us how to pray in Matthew 6:9, He began, "Pray then like this: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.'"
The Greek word Ἁγιασθήτω (Hagiasthētō) that we interpret hallowed or holy, sacred, is found in Scripture three times: Matthew 6:9, Luke 11:2, and Revelation 22:11. The Greek root hagios is interpreted in this way. A review of the etymology of Ἁγιασθήτω (Hagiasthētō) finds it to encompass so much more. It is a rich word embodying the idea that God is to be so revered, so sanctified, so set apart that He is beyond perfection, purity and holiness. He is our Most Holy Abba.
But do we hallow the name of our Heavenly Father? And what does it look like for our Heavenly Father's name to be hallowed?
I believe it looks like many things.
It looks like getting on our face before God in our room when we pray to demonstrate humility.
It looks like obeying the things He tells us to do in His Word. All. Of. Them.
It looks like being sensitive to His voice, His nudge, His every prompting.
Psalm 123:2 tells us, "We look to Jehovah our God for his mercy and kindness just as a servant keeps his eyes upon his master or a slave girl watches her mistress for the slightest signal."
Are we honoring our Most Holy Abba, giving him the reverence He is due? Are we teaching others to do the same? Or, are we following the ways of the culture?
"And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever." Daniel 12:3
How much more our precious Abba?