When We Honor God’s Name
“Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.”—Matthew 6:9
With these words, Jesus taught us pray. After calling upon His heavenly Father, His first priority, His first petition, His first declaration was, “Hallowed be Your name.”
The New Living Bible translates the verse, “May Your name be honored.”
Hallow is to sanctify, consecrate, make holy, honor, revere. Jesus not only taught us to honor His Father’s name, He prayed for that to happen.
How will it happen? Certainly in our hearts and attitudes. But what else needs to happen?
As I studied Bible prophecy, I learned that honoring God’s name is part of prophecy.
Ezekiel’s great prophecy of Israel being renewed says:
“And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord," says the Lord God, "when I am hallowed in you before their eyes.”— Ezekiel 36:23:
Ezekiel 38:16: “You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes."
Ezekiel 39:27: “When I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and I am hallowed in them in the sight of many nations, then they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who sent them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their land, and left none of them captive any longer.”
Three times God declares that through the events surrounding the nation of Israel, and through His deliverance of His people, His name will be honored.
These are not merely ceremonial or religious words. They are promises spoken by the Lord. Over fifteen times, in Ezekiel 36 alone, He says, I will:
“I will multiply…”
“I will make you inhabited…”
“I will cause men to walk on you…”
“I will sanctify my great name…”
“I will take you from among the nations…”
“I will sprinkle clean water on you…”
“I will give you a new heart…”
The promises continue as God vows to restore His people, their hearts, their land, and their faith, all so that “they shall know that I am the Lord… I will no longer hide my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit on the house of Israel” (Ezekiel 36:38; 39:29).
When we honor God, He restores and blesses us by pouring out His Spirit upon us!