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  • Your Will Be Done

    The next thing Jesus teaches us to pray is "Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" (Mat 6:10).


    God's will is a matter of great consternation to many people. But it doesn't need to be!


    Please, please, please do not obsess over all your life choices continually asking "Is it's God's will that I take that job? move to that house? marry that person? eat this ice-cream? etc..." God doesn't reveal intricate details in every moment on what you should do. Instead he gives you agency, a conscience being reformed by His Spirit and His revealed will from Heaven in the word of God. That's what you need to make those tough calls. Use the resources He's provided! Seeking more quickly devolves into superstition and mysticism.

    More on godly decision-making some other time...


    God's Will

    With that off my chest, let's talk about God's will for a few moments. God's will is often looked at from a few different angles. For our purposes here, lets look at God's revealed will and what I'm calling His ordaining will.


    God's revealed will is what God has commanded or promised. If God has promised to save His people, that's His will. If God said "Don't murder", that's His will for us.


    But,


    We know that there are things that happen that are against God's revealed will, yet intended and used by God. The Father, "who works all things according to the counsel of his will" (Eph 1:11), had Jesus "delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God" (Ac 2:23). So while the Romans and Jews sinned by executing the innocent Jesus, (going against God's revealed will), they were carrying out God's plan. That's what I'm calling God's ordaining will.


    We cannot know God's ordaining will in each specific circumstance, but we can know how we should live. We can know "that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Ro 8:28) but that may not give us insight into the specifics of why God allows natural disasters, dictators and "untimely" deaths.


    Nevertheless, while we don't know the specifics, we can rejoice that God is at work for our good through his ordaining will. And we also know that God's revealed will (promises and commands) are for our good.


    When we pray "Your will be done," we are happily asking for all of God's purposes to come to pass, both those which he has already promised, and the purposes which we don't yet know or understand. We know that He is good, and the rightful ruler over all, so we want His reign to take complete hold over everyone and everything.


    We fail to follow God's revealed will at times; we sin. Our neighbours sin too, sometimes against us. Our governments don't obey God's will in every respect, nor do churches. On top of that, some of God's promises have not yet been brought to completion. So we pray that all of these things will be overcome when we say "Your will be done."


    On earth as it is in heaven

    Earth is the word the Bible uses for the realm in which we live, as opposed to the place where God and His host live called heaven. Heaven is conceived as a place that is above and beyond us - out of reach. Whereas the earth is the realm of living humanity and a place that has been infected by sin in a way that heaven has not.


    While there is transmission between these two realms, such as Christ Jesus who became flesh on earth, or angels sent from heaven, or people appearing before God in heaven, the general idea is that God and his host live "up there" and we live "down here".


    Heaven, being the domain of God, is a much holier place. It is a place where God's leadership and reign are unquestioned. His commands are carried out. His will is done. His glory is revealed.


    This is not the case on earth at the moment, where there is plenty of rebellion and treason towards God's reign. Jesus already taught us to pray "your kingdom come" and now this petition is a request to see the reality of that kingdom manifested in the world around us, where we live.


    We hope and long for a world where God's name is hallowed, where His righteousness reigns, and where His love pervades all. We basically hope for heaven to invade earth and make the place where God's lives that same place where we live (Rev 21:3).


    Jesus Makes it Happen

    We see in Jesus the ultimate example of a person who desires that the Father's will be done on earth as it is in heaven. He prayed to his Father while he contemplated the weight of the task that stood before him; to atone for our sins. Yet Jesus said:


    “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” (Lk 22:42).


    He was willing to take the cup of the wrath of God if it meant that God's will was done. That was a preeminent concern for Jesus. Thank God that he did obey the Father, because he redeemed us from the Grave!


    But, Jesus ask us to follow in his footsteps. While we don't earn our salvation by obedience, we still lay our lives down as a worshipful sacrifice to accomplish God's revealed will. We are called to give all even be ready to suffer for His sake, just like Jesus did (1 Pe 4:19).


    A prayer that "God's will be done" means, at least in part, that we would individually carry out God's will insofar as it depends on us. Are you ready to pray this prayer and bend your life to His will?



    "Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, 

         and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin, 

         he will see his offspring and prolong his days, 

         and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand(Is 53:10).


    "Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen" (Heb 13:20–21).


    Samuel Lindsay

    1. Your Kingdom Come

      Hegemony, it refers to the complete dominance and control exerted by one power over others. For example in ancient history, Rome had hegemony over the Mediterranean. For a while the Mongols had hegemony in their vast empire.


      The idea of complete domination in any realm can send alarm bells ringing in our head, whether it be monopolistic businesses or governments or those who aspire to global control.


      Our rebellious streak vies to break free from any stricture placed upon us, but it is worth remembering that there are advantages to hegemony, for instance the civil law and order in countries like ours. Infrastructure, social services and peace are benefits of power and control being given to someone. Defensive deterrents like armies and air forces are results of the dominance of one government.


      The trouble with all earthly dominions is that they involve people, sinful people. No matter who has the power, whether it be a Caesar, Khan, King, Parliament or a tech-billionaire, all of them are sinners with terrible flaws. We invent systems to help overcome our weaknesses like democracies with term limits and separation of powers. But in the end, sinful people are still involved.


      It could be that you have a virtuous leader, like a King David who will rule for a time, exercising his authority with wisdom and helping the people prosper (for the most part). You would want them to take all the reins to bring good order. But what happens when they die? Who's to say the next one can be trusted? Or that they will be filled with the Spirit of God?


      There is a need for hegemony over the human race; we are in dire need of world-wide rescue and restoration. Left to ourselves we are quick to make a right hash of things, but under the right leadership and boundaries we thrive.


      We need the right one to take control over all: The LORD God.


      He's the only one who can be trusted with complete control over all.


      He's the only one who could bring in a complete reign that perfectly personifies justice and mercy.


      He's the only one who can be trusted to be completely beneficent and loving in all his laws.


      He's the only one who could be trusted to perfectly defend from all threats foreign and domestic.


      We need his reign. We need His dominion. So we pray:


      "Your kingdom come..." (Mat 6:10Lu 11:2).


      This prayer is a call for God to bring in His hegemony. To bring in his dominion over everything and everyone.


      While it is true that God already has power and authority over every square millimetre of the universe, a lot of that creation is in rebellion to Him. We, have tried to establish breakaway states and separatist movements that throw off His benevolent rule.


      But we acknowledge the need for all those rebellions to be put down, not because God is a bully, but because He is good. We are created to thrive and prosper in the world that God has made.


      Pull a fish out of water and it will survive for a few minutes, you could even say it is "living" out of water. But, eventually it will die. It was not designed to live out of water.


      We're not designed to live outside God's kingdom. We may "live" for a time, but eventually we will die because we are cut-off from the source of Life. So we pray that the life-giving reign would be extended over all things.


      Thankfully God has promised to do that, and he chose to do it through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus came and heralded the Kingdom of Heaven. Then Jesus secured the right to be our king, paid our debts, defeated death and now he directs the retaking of the kingdom on the Father's behalf.


      This reclamation project starts in our hearts, praying that God would exercise His dominion there, and from there flow out in our families, churches, communities and eventually the whole world.


      So, pray. Pray it loudly and sincerely "May your kingdom come."



      "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go..." (Mt 28:18–19).


      "Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet" (1 Co 15:24–25).


      "In love a throne will be established; 

           in faithfulness a man will sit on it— 

           one from the house of David— 

           one who in judging seeks justice 

           and speeds the cause of righteousness" (Is 16:5).


      "In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, o coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed" (Da 7:13–14).


      Samuel Lindsay

      1. published a newsletter

        ReadYour Will Be Done
        News from Flooding Creek

        The next thing Jesus teaches us to pray is "Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" (Mat 6:10).


        God's will is a matter of great consternation to many people. But it doesn't need to be!


        Please, please, please do not obsess over all your life choices continually asking "Is it's God's will that I take that job? move to that house? marry that person? eat this ice-cream? etc..." God doesn't reveal intricate details in every moment on what you should do. Instead he gives you agency, a conscience being reformed by His Spirit and His revealed will from Heaven in the word of God. That's what you need to make those tough calls. Use the resources He's provided! Seeking more quickly devolves into superstition and mysticism.

        More on godly decision-making some other time...


        God's Will

        With that off my chest, let's talk about God's will for a few moments. God's will is often looked at from a few different angles. For our purposes here, lets look at God's revealed will and what I'm calling His ordaining will.


        God's revealed will is what God has commanded or promised. If God has promised to save His people, that's His will. If God said "Don't murder", that's His will for us.


        But,


        We know that there are things that happen that are against God's revealed will, yet intended and used by God. The Father, "who works all things according to the counsel of his will" (Eph 1:11), had Jesus "delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God" (Ac 2:23). So while the Romans and Jews sinned by executing the innocent Jesus, (going against God's revealed will), they were carrying out God's plan. That's what I'm calling God's ordaining will.


        We cannot know God's ordaining will in each specific circumstance, but we can know how we should live. We can know "that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Ro 8:28) but that may not give us insight into the specifics of why God allows natural disasters, dictators and "untimely" deaths.


        Nevertheless, while we don't know the specifics, we can rejoice that God is at work for our good through his ordaining will. And we also know that God's revealed will (promises and commands) are for our good.


        When we pray "Your will be done," we are happily asking for all of God's purposes to come to pass, both those which he has already promised, and the purposes which we don't yet know or understand. We know that He is good, and the rightful ruler over all, so we want His reign to take complete hold over everyone and everything.


        We fail to follow God's revealed will at times; we sin. Our neighbours sin too, sometimes against us. Our governments don't obey God's will in every respect, nor do churches. On top of that, some of God's promises have not yet been brought to completion. So we pray that all of these things will be overcome when we say "Your will be done."


        On earth as it is in heaven

        Earth is the word the Bible uses for the realm in which we live, as opposed to the place where God and His host live called heaven. Heaven is conceived as a place that is above and beyond us - out of reach. Whereas the earth is the realm of living humanity and a place that has been infected by sin in a way that heaven has not.


        While there is transmission between these two realms, such as Christ Jesus who became flesh on earth, or angels sent from heaven, or people appearing before God in heaven, the general idea is that God and his host live "up there" and we live "down here".


        Heaven, being the domain of God, is a much holier place. It is a place where God's leadership and reign are unquestioned. His commands are carried out. His will is done. His glory is revealed.


        This is not the case on earth at the moment, where there is plenty of rebellion and treason towards God's reign. Jesus already taught us to pray "your kingdom come" and now this petition is a request to see the reality of that kingdom manifested in the world around us, where we live.


        We hope and long for a world where God's name is hallowed, where His righteousness reigns, and where His love pervades all. We basically hope for heaven to invade earth and make the place where God's lives that same place where we live (Rev 21:3).


        Jesus Makes it Happen

        We see in Jesus the ultimate example of a person who desires that the Father's will be done on earth as it is in heaven. He prayed to his Father while he contemplated the weight of the task that stood before him; to atone for our sins. Yet Jesus said:


        “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” (Lk 22:42).


        He was willing to take the cup of the wrath of God if it meant that God's will was done. That was a preeminent concern for Jesus. Thank God that he did obey the Father, because he redeemed us from the Grave!


        But, Jesus ask us to follow in his footsteps. While we don't earn our salvation by obedience, we still lay our lives down as a worshipful sacrifice to accomplish God's revealed will. We are called to give all even be ready to suffer for His sake, just like Jesus did (1 Pe 4:19).


        A prayer that "God's will be done" means, at least in part, that we would individually carry out God's will insofar as it depends on us. Are you ready to pray this prayer and bend your life to His will?



        "Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, 

             and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin, 

             he will see his offspring and prolong his days, 

             and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand" (Is 53:10).


        "Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen" (Heb 13:20–21).


        Samuel Lindsay

          1. published a newsletter

            ReadYour Kingdom Come
            News from Flooding Creek

            Hegemony, it refers to the complete dominance and control exerted by one power over others. For example in ancient history, Rome had hegemony over the Mediterranean. For a while the Mongols had hegemony in their vast empire.


            The idea of complete domination in any realm can send alarm bells ringing in our head, whether it be monopolistic businesses or governments or those who aspire to global control.


            Our rebellious streak vies to break free from any stricture placed upon us, but it is worth remembering that there are advantages to hegemony, for instance the civil law and order in countries like ours. Infrastructure, social services and peace are benefits of power and control being given to someone. Defensive deterrents like armies and air forces are results of the dominance of one government.


            The trouble with all earthly dominions is that they involve people, sinful people. No matter who has the power, whether it be a Caesar, Khan, King, Parliament or a tech-billionaire, all of them are sinners with terrible flaws. We invent systems to help overcome our weaknesses like democracies with term limits and separation of powers. But in the end, sinful people are still involved.


            It could be that you have a virtuous leader, like a King David who will rule for a time, exercising his authority with wisdom and helping the people prosper (for the most part). You would want them to take all the reins to bring good order. But what happens when they die? Who's to say the next one can be trusted? Or that they will be filled with the Spirit of God?


            There is a need for hegemony over the human race; we are in dire need of world-wide rescue and restoration. Left to ourselves we are quick to make a right hash of things, but under the right leadership and boundaries we thrive.


            We need the right one to take control over all: The LORD God.


            He's the only one who can be trusted with complete control over all.


            He's the only one who could bring in a complete reign that perfectly personifies justice and mercy.


            He's the only one who can be trusted to be completely beneficent and loving in all his laws.


            He's the only one who could be trusted to perfectly defend from all threats foreign and domestic.


            We need his reign. We need His dominion. So we pray:


            "Your kingdom come..." (Mat 6:10, Lu 11:2).


            This prayer is a call for God to bring in His hegemony. To bring in his dominion over everything and everyone.


            While it is true that God already has power and authority over every square millimetre of the universe, a lot of that creation is in rebellion to Him. We, have tried to establish breakaway states and separatist movements that throw off His benevolent rule.


            But we acknowledge the need for all those rebellions to be put down, not because God is a bully, but because He is good. We are created to thrive and prosper in the world that God has made.


            Pull a fish out of water and it will survive for a few minutes, you could even say it is "living" out of water. But, eventually it will die. It was not designed to live out of water.


            We're not designed to live outside God's kingdom. We may "live" for a time, but eventually we will die because we are cut-off from the source of Life. So we pray that the life-giving reign would be extended over all things.


            Thankfully God has promised to do that, and he chose to do it through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus came and heralded the Kingdom of Heaven. Then Jesus secured the right to be our king, paid our debts, defeated death and now he directs the retaking of the kingdom on the Father's behalf.


            This reclamation project starts in our hearts, praying that God would exercise His dominion there, and from there flow out in our families, churches, communities and eventually the whole world.


            So, pray. Pray it loudly and sincerely "May your kingdom come."



            "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go..." (Mt 28:18–19).


            "Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet" (1 Co 15:24–25).


            "In love a throne will be established; 

                 in faithfulness a man will sit on it— 

                 one from the house of David— 

                 one who in judging seeks justice 

                 and speeds the cause of righteousness" (Is 16:5).


            "In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, o coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed" (Da 7:13–14).


            Samuel Lindsay

            1. Hallowed Be Your Name

              Have you noticed how the Lord's prayer starts? By looking to God and seeking His honour!


              Our culture is relentlessly self obsessed, and so this is a wonderful antidote to our own tendency to make everything revolve around our self. We address our Father, and we honour Him first. We ask for His honour, plans and intentions to take centre stage.


              This is obvious in the first petition (i.e. request) of the Lord's Prayer: "hallowed be your name." (Mt 6:9).


              It's a very well known phrase, but what does it actually mean? What are we praying in these words?


              We don't use the word "hallow" really. It shows up in the word Halloween, which is All Saints Eve (and any more about that topic is a story for another day). Hallow is not a common word we use, but it is essentially the verb of holy, the action of making something or someone holy. We could also say "sanctify". So we pray that God's name would be made holy or perhaps that His name be "holified."


              The LEB translation tries to use more common language by translating it "may your name be treated as holy". That's more intelligible to the average person!


              Did you notice that this is a rather passive way of speaking? So we are left asking who is supposed to fulfil this request? a) is the Father meant to do this for His own name? or, b) are we asking Him to help us do it?


              Probably both. The imprecise petition leaves room for both. And in the end, if God does b) then He is doing a) anyway!


              What is Holiness?

              When you think of something that is "holy" you might be thinking of something being pure or perfect or religious. However, these things are actually incidentals of holiness.


              In the Bible holiness is often about being set apart, dedicated or consecrated to God, for His use. So if a bowl was dedicated and reserved for use in the temple, then it would be considered "holy". It was for God's use. (Holiness also carries the idea of a kind of divine potency, but I'm not going to focus on that aspect here).


              In a reductionistic sense, my toothbrush has been made holy to me; set aside for my exclusive service and benefit. I would be quite offended if someone took it upon themselves to defile it by using it for something else other than it's dedicated purpose.


              The cleanliness of my toothbrush is not directly related to its holiness, but I tell you what, if it was not clean it would not be considered holy for much longer!


              God can't abide sin and wickedness, so it is almost a contradiction in terms to try and put holiness and wickedness together. Something can't be consecrated for God if it is defiled by sin or some other corruption.


              This is of course one of the wonderful, beautiful aspects of the Gospel, that we who are defiled by sin, can be washed and consecrated to God for his glorious Kingdom purposes. We have been sanctified for God through Jesus Christ. Now we are called to live out that identity "Be holy as I am holy" (1Pe 1:15–16).


              We are devoted, loyal and faithful to the LORD. We cannot serve other gods, idols or masters because we have been set apart for Him exclusively. Every one of our sinful rebellions against God is a plea from us to be dedicated to someone or something else. Sin is an assault on the holiness that God has given you in Christ.


              "Do not profane my holy name, for I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites. I am the LORD, who made you holy and who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the LORD” (Le 22:32–33).


              How is God's name Hallowed?

              When we pray like Jesus teaches us to, we are in a sense praying that God's Name would be consecrated, dedicated and reserved for God. That it would be known and honoured.


              God's Name is representative of who He is. It is how we identify Him. It is a point of intelligibility and contact between the inconceivably eternal Lord of Hosts and His limited creation.


              If God's name is not made holy, then it is by necessary consequence not set apart for Him. It would be profane and ordinary and shared rather than reserved for Him and dedicated to Him.


              It is our sincere hope and desire expressed in this prayer that there would be no rivals to God's name, no cases of mistaken identity with relation to God, and no confusion about the nature of the One who owns the name.


              There is no-one else like our God, and thus He should not and cannot be confused with any other person or thing. He is unique, and so His name stands alone as a unique identifier for Him and representation of Him to creation.


              "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Ro 10:13). If God's name is not made holy, how will they know on whom they are to call? If His reputation is not attached to His name, how will they know to who they are calling for salvation?


              While we ask God to hallow His Name, one of the ways in which He goes about making His Name holy, is though His people. Our identity and actions demonstrate how God's name is set apart, special. Because God's people are set apart for Him, when people look on us they should see a reflection of what God is like. They should see our reverent fear and our humble obedience. They should see God's mercy and his blessing. When people see God's people, they should see people set apart serve the LORD who is utterly different from everything else.


              We are praying for the undoing of the confusion that we see about who God is. We Christians have not clearly demonstrated to the world that our God, the Consuming Fire and Good Shepherd is not the same God of the Muslims, Mormons, or moralistic deism. We are too accommodating and thus we have by our own actions profaned the name of the Lord.


              God want His people to treat His name reverently (Ex 20:7), not even making promises in God's name that we will not keep, because that associates the LORD with falsehood and faithlessness (Le 19:12).


              God has hallowed His name among the gods of Egypt,

              as He did among the gods of Canaan,

              as He did among the gods of Babylon,

              as He did among the gods of Rome.

              We pray that He would do the same among the gods of our day!



              "Therefore thus says the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: 

              “Jacob shall no more be ashamed, 

                 no more shall his face grow pale. 

              For when he sees his children, 

                 the work of my hands, in his midst, 

                 they will sanctify my name; 

              they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob 

                 and will stand in awe of the God of Israel" (Is 29:22–23).


              "Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Sovereign LORD, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes" (Eze 36:22–23).


              Samuel Lindsay

              1. published a newsletter

                ReadHallowed Be Your Name
                News from Flooding Creek

                Have you noticed how the Lord's prayer starts? By looking to God and seeking His honour!


                Our culture is relentlessly self obsessed, and so this is a wonderful antidote to our own tendency to make everything revolve around our self. We address our Father, and we honour Him first. We ask for His honour, plans and intentions to take centre stage.


                This is obvious in the first petition (i.e. request) of the Lord's Prayer: "hallowed be your name." (Mt 6:9).


                It's a very well known phrase, but what does it actually mean? What are we praying in these words?


                We don't use the word "hallow" really. It shows up in the word Halloween, which is All Saints Eve (and any more about that topic is a story for another day). Hallow is not a common word we use, but it is essentially the verb of holy, the action of making something or someone holy. We could also say "sanctify". So we pray that God's name would be made holy or perhaps that His name be "holified."


                The LEB translation tries to use more common language by translating it "may your name be treated as holy". That's more intelligible to the average person!


                Did you notice that this is a rather passive way of speaking? So we are left asking who is supposed to fulfil this request? a) is the Father meant to do this for His own name? or, b) are we asking Him to help us do it?


                Probably both. The imprecise petition leaves room for both. And in the end, if God does b) then He is doing a) anyway!


                What is Holiness?

                When you think of something that is "holy" you might be thinking of something being pure or perfect or religious. However, these things are actually incidentals of holiness.


                In the Bible holiness is often about being set apart, dedicated or consecrated to God, for His use. So if a bowl was dedicated and reserved for use in the temple, then it would be considered "holy". It was for God's use. (Holiness also carries the idea of a kind of divine potency, but I'm not going to focus on that aspect here).


                In a reductionistic sense, my toothbrush has been made holy to me; set aside for my exclusive service and benefit. I would be quite offended if someone took it upon themselves to defile it by using it for something else other than it's dedicated purpose.


                The cleanliness of my toothbrush is not directly related to its holiness, but I tell you what, if it was not clean it would not be considered holy for much longer!


                God can't abide sin and wickedness, so it is almost a contradiction in terms to try and put holiness and wickedness together. Something can't be consecrated for God if it is defiled by sin or some other corruption.


                This is of course one of the wonderful, beautiful aspects of the Gospel, that we who are defiled by sin, can be washed and consecrated to God for his glorious Kingdom purposes. We have been sanctified for God through Jesus Christ. Now we are called to live out that identity "Be holy as I am holy" (1Pe 1:15–16).


                We are devoted, loyal and faithful to the LORD. We cannot serve other gods, idols or masters because we have been set apart for Him exclusively. Every one of our sinful rebellions against God is a plea from us to be dedicated to someone or something else. Sin is an assault on the holiness that God has given you in Christ.


                "Do not profane my holy name, for I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites. I am the LORD, who made you holy and who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the LORD” (Le 22:32–33).


                How is God's name Hallowed?

                When we pray like Jesus teaches us to, we are in a sense praying that God's Name would be consecrated, dedicated and reserved for God. That it would be known and honoured.


                God's Name is representative of who He is. It is how we identify Him. It is a point of intelligibility and contact between the inconceivably eternal Lord of Hosts and His limited creation.


                If God's name is not made holy, then it is by necessary consequence not set apart for Him. It would be profane and ordinary and shared rather than reserved for Him and dedicated to Him.


                It is our sincere hope and desire expressed in this prayer that there would be no rivals to God's name, no cases of mistaken identity with relation to God, and no confusion about the nature of the One who owns the name.


                There is no-one else like our God, and thus He should not and cannot be confused with any other person or thing. He is unique, and so His name stands alone as a unique identifier for Him and representation of Him to creation.


                "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Ro 10:13). If God's name is not made holy, how will they know on whom they are to call? If His reputation is not attached to His name, how will they know to who they are calling for salvation?


                While we ask God to hallow His Name, one of the ways in which He goes about making His Name holy, is though His people. Our identity and actions demonstrate how God's name is set apart, special. Because God's people are set apart for Him, when people look on us they should see a reflection of what God is like. They should see our reverent fear and our humble obedience. They should see God's mercy and his blessing. When people see God's people, they should see people set apart serve the LORD who is utterly different from everything else.


                We are praying for the undoing of the confusion that we see about who God is. We Christians have not clearly demonstrated to the world that our God, the Consuming Fire and Good Shepherd is not the same God of the Muslims, Mormons, or moralistic deism. We are too accommodating and thus we have by our own actions profaned the name of the Lord.


                God want His people to treat His name reverently (Ex 20:7), not even making promises in God's name that we will not keep, because that associates the LORD with falsehood and faithlessness (Le 19:12).


                God has hallowed His name among the gods of Egypt,

                as He did among the gods of Canaan,

                as He did among the gods of Babylon,

                as He did among the gods of Rome.

                We pray that He would do the same among the gods of our day!



                "Therefore thus says the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: 

                “Jacob shall no more be ashamed, 

                   no more shall his face grow pale. 

                For when he sees his children, 

                   the work of my hands, in his midst, 

                   they will sanctify my name; 

                they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob 

                   and will stand in awe of the God of Israel" (Is 29:22–23).


                "Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Sovereign LORD, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes" (Eze 36:22–23).


                Samuel Lindsay