Today’s Key Scripture (all references NKJV unless otherwise noted:

…hallowed be Your name.

—Matthew 6:9

When we come to Him, we are encouraged to sanctify, glorify, and honor His holy name. Prayer is impossible unless one stands in awe at the mention of His name. The name of the Lord is revealed throughout His Word in many ways, each showing a different facet of God’s nature. Let me offer a few names to glorify:

  • Elohim—“Creator”—is used 2,570 times in the Old Testament, first in Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” God was the Creator—the Creator of everything— long before He was our Father. The name Elohim is always connected to creation and power.
  • Jehovah or Yahweh occurs 6,823 times in the Old Testament. An example is Genesis 2:7.
  • El Shaddai (Genesis 17:1)—“God Almighty, my Supply, my Nourishment.” This name is used seven times in the Old Testament.
  • Adonai (Genesis 18:2)—“Master and Lord,” is written 434 times in the Old Testament,

There are many names for God throughout His Word. I encourage you to study each one.

When you say “Our Father” in prayer, you declare who God is. You approach His presence with love and reverence, and you walk into the Holy of Holies!

A Prayer for Today:

As I study each part of Your Lord’s Prayer, especially as I say, “hallowed be Your name,” I’m acknowledging that Your name was, is, and always will be holy beyond comparison. I hallow Your name. You are deserving of all the reverence and honor I can give. Help me, through the example of Jesus and the help of the Holy Spirit, to become holy, even as You are holy, not because of anything I have done or can do, but because of what Jesus has done for me and for who He is. I pray this in Your Holy name, Amen!