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Hallowed be Your Name

Hallowed be Your Name

Matthew 6:9-13

9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘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 today 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 the evil one.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL
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Application

  • What was your main takeaway from the sermon?
  • Did the Holy Spirit lead you into any situations this week where you had an opportunity to put your takeaway(s) into practice?
  • What impact did those opportunities have on you spiritually?

Discussion Questions:

  • Why do you suppose the translators decided to keep “hallowed” in the sentence instead of trying to find a more common or familiar word?
  • How does the Bible’s use of names differ from how we use names today?
  • How can praying about the greatness of God’s name change us?
  • Do you tend to personally emphasize God’s greatness or his accessibility? What adjustments might you need to make?
  • What are some ways in which our prayers reveal our idols?
  • What are some of the idols that you personally deal with?
  • How can we hallow God’s name in prayer for worship? salvation? the church? missions? and the future?

Transcript

4/14/2024 Hallowed be Your Name

*This is a transcript from the sermon audio. This document has not been edited for spelling, grammar, or exactness.

All right, if you’re able to track down a Bible, we’re going to be in Matthew, chapter six. And the bibles that we have here in that chair rack, book rack in the chair in front of you, that’s going to be on page 831. Eight, three, one. And we’re camping out in the Lord’s prayer, and I’m going to read verses. Let’s go verse nine through 13, and then we’ll pray, and we’ll get to work. Matthew, chapter six, starting in verse nine. T

his, then, is how you should pray. Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Let’s pray. Lord, we ask right now that as we open your word, we’re praying that by your spirit, through your word, you would speak to us. We are so very grateful for the gift that you’ve given, that we can communicate with you, that we can pray to you. And we’re grateful, Lord, that you gave us particular instruction on how to do this. So, Lord, would you please use this time to help us become more proficient in talking to you? We pray in your name. Amen.

There are some interesting things as you look at the Lord’s Prayer. There are words that we only ever use when reciting the Lord’s Prayer. Hallowed is one of those, right. I was thinking through, have I ever used that in a sentence other than this sentence? The answer is no. Like, that’s not a normal thing that comes up in a conversation. They’re not things that I talk about as being hallowed. But in this case, the translators have decided we’re going to keep this archaic term because it does something for us. It’s a weird word that we don’t ordinarily use, but we’re going to leave it there because it conveys the essence of what we’re trying to get at here. So straight away, let’s just define it. Dictionary puts it like this. For something to be hallowed means that it is very respected and praised because of great importance. So when we say hallowed be your name, we are conveying this idea that the name of the Lord should be very respected and praised because of its great importance. Another dictionary puts it like this. It describes it as being holy, sacred, revered, venerated, and consecrated. So when we talk about this idea that we go to God in prayer and we treat his name in this way, we hollow his name. We are acknowledging the grandeur of who he is and the fact that his name is holy, sacred, revered, venerated and consecrated. It’s this greek word in the original that means that it is set apart. That is different. It means that it’s a different thing. It’s not just another name. This is a sacred name, the name itself.

If you read the Bible, you come to understand names are a big deal in biblical understanding, in our usage, we’re different about it. The way we do names is different than how the Bible does names. We do names for the sake of creativity. So a lot of times parents are like, what is the most bizarre name? And they wouldn’t put it like that, but we’re like, what is the most unique and interesting name so that my kid will have the one and only name. And then you get to preschool and you’re like, oh, there’s five of them, right? And you’re like, oh, that’s weird. Like we were all thinking the same exact thing. But we do names based off of creativity instead of how the Bible does it, which is its essence, its function. It’s a description of what this thing is, which is why in the Bible, names are such a big deal, because it conveys meaning. So when we talk about the name of God, we’re talking about who he is. We’re talking about his character, his essence, his activity. We look at his name, and by his name, we can discern certain things about him. We can come to understand who he is and what he’s like. And so the Lord tells us, when we pray, pray like this. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name. We’re going to spend time this morning looking at that phrase there. Hallowed be your name. And it’s a petition. Rc Sproul, in his little book on the Lord’s prayer, he says, we have a tendency to view this part of the prayer as an opening address. Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. That’s the opening. That’s just kind of the formality of getting going. But he says it’s not simply an assertion of God’s holiness, it’s a petition. It’s a part of the prayer. It is us saying to God, this is what we want. We want to see your name appropriately, and we want the world to experience your name accordingly. So JI Packer says, this is the biggest and most basic request of the whole prayer. We begin in this direction by revering the name of God. So let me then give you three different reasons why this should matter for you. The three different reasons are under these headings. It matters for your identity, it matters for the concept of idolatry, and it matters because of the glory of God. So identity, idolatry, and glory, identity.

IDENTITY

When we pray, what we’re doing is we are communicating with God, and what we think about God comes out. So how we value him, how we regard him, how we consider him, all comes out in our prayer. And how we think about God actually gives an indication of how we would consider ourselves. The preacher. Aw Tozer. He was a preacher in Chicago a long, long time ago. He wrote this. He says, what comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. What we think about God is actually one of the defining features of our identity. So if you view God as he truly is, you will have a healthy identity. If you imagine God other than he actually is, it will distort your identity. But how you pray then reveals how you think about God, and therefore, whether or not you understand yourself appropriately. So do you esteem God for who he really is? When you pray, do you consider the grandeur of the one that you’re talking to? Do you consider the fact that he is holy? And your prayer, then, should recognize that by saying, hallowed be your name? Meaning you start there. Now, let me just kind of personalize this one. I grew up in youth group in the nineties, and I started a ministry in the late nineties, early two thousands. And the main thing to be done back then, and this is kind of comical at this point, the concerted effort that was being made by lots of people, including myself, was we got to make Christianity cool. And that it was so still, I say it now, and I’m like, how ridiculous were we? But there was this concerted effort that Christianity had a pr problem. And so the main thing to be done was, let’s get out there and show people we’re relevant. Let’s show people that you can follow God and still be cool. And that actually informed the ministry that I started. It was an action sports ministry, skateboarding and surfing and snowboarding and wakeboarding. And it was like, if we can just reach that part of the culture with the news of what God has done, we will do it on account of these christian athletes and their testimonies. So that was what I was up to until a bunch of different things happened almost simultaneously. And there were several of them, and I think they all factored into this. But my life was radically changed, and I’m just going to highlight one resource and I’ll explain why it was so profound. But RC Sproul was a theologian and he was a preacher and he wrote a bunch of stuff. So I got my hands on this book that he wrote, and it was called holiness. And in that book, all he does is he goes through these different passages of scripture that highlight the holiness of God, like the priests that offer unauthorized incense before God. And what happens there. Or when the ark of the covenant was being carted along, and there were these oxen that had the cart behind it, and the ox stumbles, and one of the guys notices that it’s stumbling and puts out his hand to steady the ark. And what happens in that instant or at the end of the Bible, in the book of revelation, you’ve got these different passages that reveal the holiness of God. But maybe one of them that really impacted me significantly was Isaiah, chapter six. Isaiah, a prophet gets to see a vision of God, and he says, in the year that King Uzziah died, this longstanding king who gave their nation stability and was actually one of the few decent kings that they ever had, it says in the year that that king died, which would be unsettling. This means this is a timestamp that says everything else was kind of falling down around us. But I got to see the lord in his temple. I saw the Lord seated on his throne in his temple and the train of his robe. You guys have been at a wedding, and there’s a wedding dress, and there’s a feature of it that goes out the back. Sometimes you get a long one to convey beauty and glory and all these different things, and then you got to assign it to somebody. Brian, you’re going to have to come up here and move this thing where it needs to go, because otherwise somebody could trip on it. You got this train. And he says, I saw the lord seated on his throne. He had a train to his robe, and it filled the whole place. That’s how big his train was. And then I saw the angels. There were angels in there and they were flying. Two angels. They had six wings. With two of them, they’re flying around with two of them. They’re covering their feet, and with two, they’re covering their faces and they’re crying back to one another. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty. The whole earth is full of his glory. And at that, the temple itself quaked. The threshold of the temple shook. Now Isaiah sees that and he is ruined. And I read that and heard that taught on, and I was ruined. Because all of a sudden I’m beginning to realize God is a great God, not an ordinary God. I had a buddy who wore a truck or cap that said, “Jesus is my homeboy.” When you see Isaiah’s picture, his vision of what God is like, you take that hat off, right? You begin to go, holy, holy, holy is God. So when we pray and we begin to recognize the reality of who God is, it changes us. It changes us profoundly. We begin to realize I’m dealing with God. And if I read my Bible correctly, every time somebody beholds the glory of God, they fall on their face. They fall down as though dead, because they’re beginning to realize there is something about him that is different. This is not a casual interaction. This is a profound and holy interaction that we would have. So when we pray, Jesus says, you pray like this. Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. You begin by acknowledging how great he is. But like we said last week, we do it with privilege because we are children of God. We say our father, which tells us we have access. We have privilege to be able to come before God with the concerns of our hearts. Like Tim Keller says, the only one who can come before a king at 03:00 a.m. In the morning and ask for a cup of water is a child, that king’s child. You have that access. So we come before God saying, father in heaven. And he’s inviting us into that. He’s inviting us to experience him in that way. But then, on the other hand, we come before him, our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. You are different. You are different. Let me show you two different passages so that way we can marry these ideas and we can begin to recognize that christian prayer is profound. On the one hand, we’re dealing with the holy God. On the other hand, he gives us divine access and permission and invitation to come before him boldly. Ecclesiastes five one, two. This is a teaching in the Old Testament about the way in which we approach God in worship. Guard your steps when you go to the house of God, go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools who do not know what they do wrong. Do not be quick with your mouth. Do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. Hallowed be your name. When we come before God, we come with trepidation. We don’t hastily rush into the courts. We come before God recognizing he’s in heaven. We’re on earth, let our words be few. But here’s the other piece of christian prayer. We go in there with confidence. Hebrews 416, on account of what Christ has done in his priestly ministry for us, says, let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. These are not two different things. In the good news of the gospel, they come together. We now go before God with boldness, with confidence, with invitation that we approach the throne of grace confidently. But at the same time, we’re approaching the throne, and he is a holy God. And so when we pray, our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, we’re bringing those things together. Now, listen, if that comes true in your prayers, you will be a different kind of person. If that comes true in your prayers, it will change your life. If both of those things have been married together and you are praying, Father, hollowed be your name, it will change you. In my opinion, this is the difference between people who are nominal Christians, Christians maybe, in how they would consider themselves, but it really doesn’t show up in how they live versus those who are fully committed to God. It is whether or not they pray to God with an awareness of these things happening simultaneously. So when God is light, when he rests on your life lightly, there’s no weight to him, there’s no gravity to him. He’s just a feature of your life. I go to church, I’ve got all this stuff that’s going on. God is a part of that, a sliver of that. But he doesn’t have gravity in my life, then you can call yourself a Christian and it doesn’t show up. But if you come to see God as holy and the glory of God rests on your life with profound weight, you’re different. It shapes everything now. Every decision that you make, everything that you’re doing, the conversations you’re going to have at the water cooler tomorrow at work, every choice that you make, when you begin to realize God is holy and he’s inviting me into a relationship with him through his son, it will change your identity. So we need to learn to pray like this. Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

IDOLATRY

Secondly, it’s helpful in terms of idolatry. Idolatry is anytime that we worship and serve something other than God, our prayers actually reveal our idols. What we pray about shows us what we ultimately care for, the things that we mainly want to see happen in this world. And the thing about prayer is it can actually be misused in this way. One of the reformers said, our hearts are idol factories. We constantly are churning out these things that we worship and serve and that dominate our lives. And we can turn our prayers into an instrument to try to get those to come true. Let me show it to you. It’s actually here in the context when Jesus is telling his disciples what not to do. If you look up in verse five, he says, don’t pray like the hypocrites, verse five. When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites. There’s a way to pray that is misusing the communication that you have with God for a purpose other than what God intends it for. What are they doing? What are they doing wrong? I mean, you would think if anyone’s praying, that’s got to be a good thing, right? Jesus says, no, there’s a way to pray that is a misuse of this instrument of grace. He says the reason why it is inappropriate to pray like them is because they are praying for something other than God. They are praying in order to have the acclaim of other people. They are praying in order that other people would hear them and think, wow, you’re such a spiritual individual. What they want is not God. God is a means to the end. What they want is for other people to look on them and be impressed by them. He says, do not pray like that. This is unsettling, but it’s something that we need to wrestle with. In fact, I’ve wrestled with this throughout the entirety of my ministry. There is a way that I can use prayer and preaching and ministry not for God’s glory, but for mine, where I can try to do things in such a way to draw attention to me, not to God. Where if we have the eclipse, if God is the sun, I’m the moon, trying to get in the way. Look at me. Look at me. There’s a way in which ministry can be misused to our own end. So Jesus is telling us here, when you pray, pray like this, and then the prayers are going to reveal what it is that you ultimately care for. So you should begin in this way, hallowed be your name. I want to revere you and regard you, God, as penultimate, as the main thing, and everything else needs to be subservient to that. Let me show you what this looks like when it comes true. Psalm 73. The psalmist writes, like, whom have I in heaven but you? This is a prayer. The psalmist is talking to God, saying, whom have I in heaven but you and earth has nothing I desire beside you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. And then he spends a couple verses talking about other people and people who don’t have that sort of estimation of God, and they’re the wicked and they’re doing these different things. In verse 28, he says, but as for me, but as for me, it’s good to be near God. I have made the sovereign Lord my refuge. The psalmist is praying, saying, God is enough. I was looking at heaven, all the benefits, right? I was going through the benefit packet. I was like, man, that’s pretty good. But at the end of the day, the main thing I want in heaven, not just the benefits, I want God, whom have I in heaven but you and the earth, all kinds of beauty and glory and great things to be enjoyed, but the earth has nothing I desire beside you. God. It says, my life, my flesh, my heart might fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. There’s a way to get to the conclusion where you say, God is enough. There are a lot of preachers nowadays who will tell you if you follow the Lord, if you follow God, you will be favored, you will be blessed, you will be fortunate, you will have all these different things, all kinds of different things for you. And I am here to tell you that is not always the case. Sometimes you follow the Lord and the wheels fall off. But here is what I can tell you. If you are following the Lord, if you see him for who he is, if you are able to hollow his name, you will begin to realize he is enough. Though the wheels fall off, he will carry me. If my life is falling apart, he will look after me. He will do right by me, because that is the kind of God that we have. Thomas Watson was a puritan pastor, and he wrote on this Lord’s prayer, and he puts it like this. He says, many, a lot of people will bless God when he gives, when things are going well, when you’re healthy, when you’re strong, when you’re getting what you want, many will bless God when he gives. But to bless God when he takes away, like job says, the Lord gives, the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. So Watson is saying, many people can bless God when he gives, but to bless God when he takes away is a high degree, is in a high degree to honor him and hollow his name as followers of his. We have to come to a place where we begin to see the goods and kindred go this life also. If we follow him, he is going to look after us, and that will be enough. Do you believe that? And do your prayers convey that, that God is good enough for you?

GLORY

Third, it leads us into this idea of glory. The Westminster shorter catechism goes like this. It asks the question, what is the chief end of man? What’s the reason why we exist? Why does humanity even exist? And the answer that they furnished, which I believe is right, is the chief end of man, is to glorify God and enjoy him forever. The reason why we exist is for the glory of God. This is the essence and the purpose of all of creation. God has made us for himself, so we are meant to experience his glory. So when we pray in this direction, what we’re saying is, God, help us to see the reason for which we are here. Help us to see your glory. Psalm 115 puts it like this. It says, not to us, Lord, not to us, but to your name. Be the glory because of your love and your faithfulness. So we’re praying then that the glory of God would become evident, because the truth of the matter is we can cruise through life and not give a lot of consideration to God. Today you can go and do all kinds of wonderful things, with the weather being the way that it is, and you can cruise through this entire week. And isn’t it crazy? Isn’t it crazy that it is possible that you could make it through an entire week without giving much thought to God at all? That his glory seems so trivial, so light that you don’t even give consideration to it? So when we pray, we say, God, help me, because that’s ridiculous. Help me to revere your name. Help me to acknowledge you as holy, help me to acknowledge that. Help others to acknowledge that as well. That’s what missions is all about. That’s why we make the news of God known. That’s why we want to send people out to declare the praises of him who called us out of darkness and into his wonderful light. John Piper puts it like this. He says, missions exist because worship doesn’t. That’s profound if you think about it. What he’s saying is the reason why we would ever send anyone to Papua New guinea, or to the Maasai Mara, or to faraway places where it’s dangerous to associate with Christianity. The reason why anyone would inconvenience themselves to leave their comforts of home and learn a new culture and learn a new language, the reason why anyone would do that, or the reason why we would get up tomorrow and associate ourselves with our king at work and put our own necks on the line. The reason why we would do any of that is for the sake of worship, because those people who’ve not yet heard the news of what God has done in Christ are not yet fulfilling the purpose for which they exist. We do missions in order that people would worship our king. We do missions so that other people would hear the greatness of the glory of God. The psalmist says as much in psalm 67 three and following it says, may the peoples praise you, God. May all the peoples praise you. May the nations be glad and sing for joy for you. Rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth. May the peoples praise you, God. May all the peoples praise you. We want the glory of God to be made known everywhere, and we recognize that God has entrusted us with this high calling of bringing the news of Christ everywhere that we go. So we pray in that direction. Lord, help us to hollow your name and make that name known so other people see the glory of God and acknowledge it for themselves. I’m going to spend some time now just teasing this one out and giving you five different examples of this kind of prayer being applied to specific topics. Okay, so we’re going to do five different topics, Lord willing. So this is what it would look like when you are praying that the name of God be hallowed. You can apply it to specific things.

Hallowing God’s Name in Worship

So pray for his name to be hallowed in worship. Psalm 29 two reads like ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. So when we pray and we’re coming into a worship experience, here’s how we often pray. Lord, please let it be songs that I know. Please let the band do a good job. We say things like that instead of praying. Lord, we are coming into your presence as a people. Let us ascribe to your name the glory that is due so that we walk out of here not doing an evaluation of a musical performance. We walk out of here amazed by our encounter with God. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name, worship the Lord, and the splendor of his holiness. When we pray about our worship services, we should be praying that we would apprehend the greatness of God.

Hallowing God’s Name in Salvation

Secondly, when we pray in terms of salvation, we should pray that his name be hallowed. Romans chapter ten is a great place to go to consider this idea, but it’s a bit lengthy. Let me just show you one verse from acts chapter four. It reads like, salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven, given to mankind by which we must be saved. There’s one name by which people are saved. When we think about salvation and we pray about that and we revel in that, the thing that we should be amazed by is the name. This is interesting because a lot of times we get this wrong as we think about people coming to saving faith. I write ministry reports. I give them to our elders. I get newsletters from the ministries that we support. I get communication. I’ve been doing this for a long time. A lot of times what we do when we think about salvation is we want to put our name on it. We go, our church had a baptism today. Or we look at other ministries and we go, this is what God is doing. All of us, if we’re following the Lord, should be able to pray, Lord, we exalt your name and salvation. If it happens here, wonderful. If it happens somewhere else, great. We’re going to celebrate any place where the name of the Lord is being made known and people are coming to saving faith because salvation is in his name. Not my name, not park City church, not one of the ministries that we support. Salvation is by faith in Christ. So let’s hallow his name and celebrate his work in salvation.

Hallowing God’s Name in the Church

Third, we should pray that the name of the Lord be hallowed in the church, that we would acknowledge the name of God on his people. I’ve got a proof text for you. We’ll get there eventually, but let me just kind of help you think through how this works. The Lord puts his name on a people. You guys know the blessing? We sometimes will sing it. It’s a song that talks about God’s favor and his face turning toward a people. It comes from numbers, chapter six. And the priests are supposed to take this blessing and communicate it over the people. So may the Lord’s favor be upon you. May he bless you and keep you and turn his face toward you and give you peace. They speak these words over the people, but do you know what the next verse says? The next verse says, by doing this, God is commenting, now, this is what you’re supposed to do, priest. Get up there, say this over them. He says, and by doing that, you are putting my name on them. They are now a people who have the name of God on them. Deuteronomy. The end of Deuteronomy. God is rehearsing that idea. He’s putting his name on his people. He puts his name on his temple. And then we find out in the New Testament, he says, yeah, that building, that’s important for sure. But guess what? God says, you’re my temple. I’m building you into a sacred space in which I will reside. My name is on you. He says, if anyone destroys my temple, I will destroy them. That’s how important the church is to God himself. So when we pray, we should pray that we would walk in here and go, this has God’s name on it. And I’m not talking about on account of us or anything that we’re doing. The reason why we have the name of God is because of him. It’s grace, it’s his mercy, it’s his kindness that he would place his name on us. So when we look at the church then, and we pray, hallowed be your name, we should recognize that God has placed his name on his people. And there should be a sense of awe and wonder and reverence when we think about the work of God in this world through his people. Let me show it to you in revelation, chapter three. This is the Lord. He’s writing a letter to the church of Philadelphia. He writes several letters to different churches. Revelation, chapter three, verse twelve. He says, I will write on them. This is a church. He says, I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God. And I will also write on them my new name. And this is futuristic for sure. Jesus is saying, this is going to come true. I’m putting my name on them. But that concept, that concept, as I’ve tried to show you, has traveled throughout the scriptures that God places his name on his people. So when we pray for the church, there should be a holy reverence for the name of God.

Hallowing God’s in Missions

Fourth, we should pray that his name be hallowed in missions. As we think about going out in, in his name to make his name known. We should be praying like this. Psalm 86 nine. All the nations you have made will come and worship before you. They will come and worship before you, Lord. They will bring glory to your name. The nations will acknowledge the greatness of God. On account of the mission of the church advancing. We should pray in that direction. Lord, help us invite people into your glory. May all the people come to see you for who you truly are. As we pray about missions, we should be praying that the name of the Lord would be glorified.

Hallowing God’s Name Now Knowing It Will Be Hallowed When He Comes

And finally, we should pray knowing that his name one day will be revered, as it should. In Philippians chapter two, we get a preview. In Philippians chapter two, the apostle Paul is telling the church to act like the Lord, to be humble, to be kind, to be loving. And he says, this is what the Lord was willing to do. He was humiliated. He became humble to the point of death on a cross. He was willing to go low, but he was exalted. So on account of his cross work, God has lifted him up. Let me show this to you in verses nine and following of Philippians, chapter two. Because of what Christ has done through his obedience to death on the cross, therefore, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth. And every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is lord to the glory of God the Father. There’s a day coming when that verse is going to come absolutely true. Every knee will bow. Every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. And in the meantime, what are we doing? We’re aiming in that direction. We’re praying. That prayer, hallowed be your name. From now until that moment. When every knee is bowing, from now until that moment. Let my life reflect a knee bowed and a heart confessing he’s lord. His name alone is worthy of exaltation. Let us proclaim the goodness of this king and make other people aware of the glory of who God is. Let us pray. Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Let’s be found to be a church that recognizes the greatness of God and the privilege that we have as his followers.

Let’s pray. Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Let’s pray right now. Lord, we pray that you would help us to recognize who you are. We pray that you would pull back the curtain right now. The curtain so we could see the significance of who you are and what you’ve done. I pray that by your spirit in this ministry of your word, Lord, that you would help each and every one of us to be ruined, like Isaiah was ruined. To see your greatness in such a way that we can’t just carry on anymore. We can’t just go back to life as usual. But we are profoundly affected by what we have beheld by in your glory, Lord, help us in all of our praying to start there, to lift high your name, knowing you are God. And then let that change our lives so we could make that name known everywhere we go. Amen. Amen.