What Do We Pray for in the First Petition of the Lord’s Prayer?

The first petition, or request, of the Lord’s Prayer is “Hallowed be your name”.

The word Hallowed means to set apart as something special. We are to pray that God’s name would be honoured and respected.

God’s name is hallowed, or honoured, when we worship God. This begins with us praising his name.

“Let [the people] praise Your great and awesome name—It is holy.”

Psalm 99:3

When we gather together in corporate worship and direct our hearts, minds and strength to praising God’s name in prayer, song and submission to his Word, we set God apart as one who is respected among us. When we gather our family and declare the glory of God through our family worship, we hallow God’s name. And when we silently pray throughout the day, obey God in the difficult moments of frustration and temptation, and meditate on God’s goodness and greatness in the small moments of the day (Ps 63:6), we are giving God the honour he deserves.

So, we are praying that God would give us a heart and will to set his name apart in these ways in our own lives.

But we are also praying in this first request that those who do not know God would come to honour his name like this as well. After all, God is worthy of the praise of all the nations.

“God be merciful to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us, Selah That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations. Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.”

Psalm 67: 1-3

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 makes himself known; and that he would dispose all things to his own glory

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