S.O.A.P. Devotion 2017-10-02
Eight part devotion on this text – Part 2 – Hallowed be Your name
“In this manner, therefore, 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 this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” Matthew 6:9-13 NKJV
“Hallowed be Your name”
My second attitude of prayer should be to realize His holiness, His purity, and His consecratedness. Essentially, Jesus is telling us to enter into prayer by entering into one of life’s strongest actions: WORSHIP. It is a call to worship at the throne of God. Hebrews 4:16 tells us “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” The only way I can come boldly is to recognize His holiness. We enter into the throne room of God with our worship and He establishes His throne room in our hearts because of our worship.
We declare God’s greatness and in return we receive God’s transforming power in our lives, circumstances, and needs. God’s “holiness” relates to His completeness. Expressing “Holy is Your name” essentially says “there is nothing lacking in Your name, in Your person, etc.” There is nothing that needs to be added to God to make Him complete. That being true, then there is nothing lacking in Him for Him to make us complete. We humble ourselves and exalt God as we recognize who we are talking to through worship. This kind of worship-filled personal transforming prayer time can not only change us, it can have an awesome impact on those around us when we pray. Since God is your Father, let your worship in His presence make you more like Him and as you do.
Father, let me enter Your presence with worship and praise. Let me allow You to enter into me with Your transforming power. May You conform me to Your image in my life, my character, and my prayer time as I pray “HOLLOWED BE THY NAME.”
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