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The Praise of God

November 10, 2019 Speaker: Dr. Rick Gregory Series:

Topic: Praise Verse: Luke 11:2–11:2

The Disciple’s Prayer

The Praise of God

Luke 11: 2c

 

Theme: A faithful praying saint will seek the exaltation of God through prayer.

 

I. The Aspirations for God’s Honor

A. The Sentiment of Reverence  

  • Flowing out of the intimacy that a person knows with God as their Father, there is a heart-felt desire to see Him exalted and honored.
  • As Jesus moves us beyond the address of God as our Father, He emphasizes the reverence that ought to exist for God.
  • The “transcendence” of God is highlighted here even as the immanence of God was highlighted by the use of the term “Father.”
  • Here we see the need to revere God: “… hallowed be Your name.”
  • A child who truly loves their father will seek to honor that father through their lives – cp. Malachi 1:6
  • The discounting of reverence for God, and an over-familiarization with Him where He is refashioned to simulate us, is in itself evidence that a person does not truly know God.
  • The notion of reverence for “Your name” is a reference to the nature of God Himself, since He and His name cannot be separated.
  • In this sense, God’s “name” refers to much more than His title – and includes all that God is.
  • This is demonstrated when Moses appealed to God to see His glory – God, in part, responded that He would proclaim His name to Him – cp. Exodus 33:18-19
  • God’s nature is represented by His “name” – it is His identity as He has disclosed Himself to us.
  • Hence, to worship the “name” of the Lord is to worship the Lord Himself – Psalm 9:2; Psalm 102:12 & 15
  • When Jesus walked on earth, He is described as manifesting or “explaining” God the Father – cp. John 1:18; 17:6.
  • The deepest yearning of the Christlike saint is for the Father’s name to be glorified in all things whether in blessing or trial.

B. The Sense of Profaneness 

  • Jesus, aware that He alone had sufficiently honored, revered, and obeyed the Father sufficiently, taught the rest of us to yearn to see the “name” of God “hallowed.”
  • The term “hallowed” [ἁγιασθήτω] (Aor. Pass. Imperative) – is a term that means to “set aside something or make it suitable for ritual purposes, to consecrate, or dedicate” something.
  • It means essentially to “make holy” or “to purify to flawlessness” and conveys the absolute perfection of God’s holiness as reflected by His name.
  • The use of the imperative here is called the “imperative of entreaty” and is the most intensive way that an underling might appeal to a superior to do something.
  • The significance of the Aorist Passive is interesting as well – 
  1. The Aorist tense with the imperative emphasizes the “case by case” nature of the request; one every occasion or in every circumstance, in that specific circumstance, may your name be “made holy.”
  2. The Passive voice means that that the “name” of God would be “made holy” through that specific circumstance.
  • As we will see, this is something that is done by God Himself – through His grace as well as by the believer through His obedience.
  • In this sense, the greatest answer to this prayer is when we seek the glory of God in every circumstance – cp. 1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17
  • Jesus teaches us here that as we approach the Lord in prayer, our greatest desire must be that in all things, that is, in every circumstance we consider before Him, before we concern ourselves with the specifics of our request, we prioritize our concern about His glory in the situation.
  • The greatness of His name is to be our greatest yearning – that He will make Himself great, magnify Himself, promote His glory, and enable us to do the same – Psalm 99:3; Jeremiah 10:6.
  • This is the aspiration for God’s honor that ought to characterize every one of our prayers.

Application:

  1. How does your prayer life reflect a keen sense of God’s holiness? 
  2. In what ways are you “overly familiar” with God in prayer?
  3. Do you feel that God is viewed with the appropriate degree of awe and reverence? Why or why not?

II. The Appeal for God’s Honor

A. The Appeal for God to Honor Himself

  • Given that we are instructed to pray this, it is evident that we are to ask God to cause His own name to be “hallowed …”
  • God’s commitment to preserve His Name and to sanctify it is clear – cp. Leviticus 22:32; Ezekiel 38:23
  • God has provided His own commitment to make His Name known to all – Jeremiah 16:21; Ezekiel 39:7.

B. The Appeal for the Godly to Honor Him 

  • The yearning for the name of the Lord to be “hallowed” begins within the heart of the believer – 1 Peter 3:15
  • The ultimate way that the greatness of the Lord and the awareness of His holiness is displayed is through obedience – cp. Deuteronomy 28:58; Malachi 2:1-2.
  • Of course, God “hallowed” His name most clearly when He exalted Jesus Christ – cp. Ephesians 1:20-21; Philippians 2:9-11
  • Hence the ultimate fulfillment of this plea for the name of God to be “hallowed” is through the work of Christ and the distinction that He receives as He fulfills His redemptive purposes through the work of His Son – cp. 1 Corinthians 15:23-28.

Application:

  1. What are some ways that you feel that you could honor God that you have not recently been doing?
  2. When you pray, does your heart truly set God apart as holy and you seek to relate to Him in holiness through Christ Jesus?
  3. In what way do you believe that prayer, in itself, hallows God?