Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored. May your Kingdom come and your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us the bread we need for today. Forgive our wrongs as we forgive the wrongs of others. Keep us from temptation and protect us from evil. For yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
From Eyewitness: The Life of Christ Told in One Story
God has promoted Christ to the highest of all positions and has made the name Jesus greater than any other name. — Philippians 2:9
I cannot imagine greeting my best friend with the words: “Hallowed be thy name.” That’s a religious expression that I’ve been taught is appropriate only when addressing God, but what does it mean, really?
Worship is love expressed, both in words and action.
Maybe an ancient culture once respected a king’s name as “hallowed.” Not today. I’m trying to imagine what would happen if I said to others, “Glory to your name.” It wouldn’t make sense to them, and I understand why. It makes no sense to me. So why would I say that to God?
True love finds meaningful words.
I’m imagining God saying, “What do you mean, hallowed be thy name”? Since I can’t come up with a good answer, I have to say those words are good to recite but are useless in expressing feeling from my heart.
Using my own words, what would I say that might come close to the attitude Jesus was saying we should have when he gave us the model prayer? “Father in Heaven, I want to always honor you.”
That desire will naturally lead me to the next attitude: “Thy Kingdom come.”