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In Matthew 6:9, Jesus told His disciples to pray, “Hallowed be Your name.” But do we really understand what this means and why it is important? Hallowed is an archaic word in our society, but it simply means holy, or set apart. To hallow the name of God is to set Him apart—to exalt Him above all else because of who He is.

 

Read Matthew 6:9 and Psalm 9:1-2, 10. When we pray, “Hallowed be Your name,” we are asking God to ensure that His name is glorified. We are asking that He would empower us to trust and obey Him.

 

In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus has shown us that we should come to God in adoration—with praise on our lips so that we are preoccupied with who God is and not with ourselves. There’s nothing wrong with bringing our needs and requests before the Lord. In fact, we are commanded to do so (see Philippians 4:6). But when we come to God, His holy name should be first and foremost in our minds.

 

The apostle Paul understood this. When he and Silas were beaten and imprisoned for sharing the Gospel, they were found “praying and singing hymns to God” (Acts 16:25). Their response to suffering was to worship God, to delight in His sovereignty and goodness, and to preoccupy themselves with His will.

 

This is the secret to a healthy prayer life. Paul and Silas, though no doubt in pain and need, were lifted up into the throne room of heaven by their prayers. Their joy was genuine because they delighted in the character of God, trusting Him even in the direst circumstance. Their prayers, their praise, and their actions glorified His name—and God honored their faithfulness: He miraculously released them from prison, resulting in the salvation of many more souls out of His mercy and grace (see Acts 16:26-34).

 

If you want to be a person who glorifies God in all that you do, then you must praise Him for His goodness, mercy, love, justice, sovereignty, faithfulness, wisdom, infinitude, holiness, and more as you pray: “Hallowed be Your name.”

 

Prayer: Lord, I praise You for Your overwhelming goodness. Your character is perfect beyond my understanding. You carry out justice with matchless wisdom and faithful love. You are great and worthy of all worship. Thank You for saving me so that I might know You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:10).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.


Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.


The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.


He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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