Hallowed be, not hallowed is

Our father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name…

This is the familiar opening of the Lord’s prayer, from Matthew 6:9. And here is what the Westminster Shorter Catechism says about “Hallowed be Thy name:”

Q. 101. What do we pray for in the first petition?
A. In the first petition, which is, “Hallowed be thy name,” we pray, that God would enable us, and others, to glorify him in all that whereby he maketh himself known, and that he would dispose all things to his own glory.

How many of us pray this weekly and never notice that it is the first “petition” of the prayer? It is not a declaration (“Lord, You are holy”), but a request (“Lord, help us and others to realize how holy and worthy You are, to see things as they really are”). As it says in Psalm 67:2-3:

That your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!

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