“Let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD” (v. 24).
Since the Lord’s Prayer is the model prayer that our Lord and Savior has given us, we should pray for the kinds of things mentioned in the prayer. Furthermore, the order of the petitions is also significant, so the first petition is the most important thing we should be concerned about in our prayers and in all of life. Therefore, because the very first thing we should ask is for God’s name to be “hallowed” (Luke 11:2), we understand that our prayers—indeed, our entire lives—should be God-centered.
In praying for the Lord’s name to be hallowed, we do not ask first and foremost for our own needs, though setting apart our Creator as holy is essential to meeting our need for a relationship of peace with God. Instead, we pray for all creation to recognize and worship the Almighty. To hallow the Lord is to regard Him as holy—to set Him apart from this world’s finitude and fallenness, and exalt Him for His transcendent majesty.
Scripture has revealed that God is holy and that the only proper response…