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| "When You Pray"|
Philip Graham Ryken
Holy Is Your Name
Hello to another beautiful day that has been given to us by God! Today, we will continue with our book, When You Pray, by the author Philip Graham Ryken. Which we will be looking over chapter 5, Holy Is Your Name.
As per usual, the author provides us with a verse to start off the chapter. Coming from Psalms 111:9, it reads, "Holy and awesome is his name."
To provide some insight as to what the chapter is about, we first look into a lesson that was given in the last chapter. In the last chapter, we spoke on that we need to approach God with confidence, for we are His children. However, while approaching God with confidence, we are to also approach Him with revere and an awesome respect.
And in the Bible, there are several cases of people who wrongfully approached God, which led to their punishment. For example, Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, while serving as priests offered unholy fire, and we read of what had occurred in Leviticus 10:2, "So fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they did before the LORD." Or even in the case of Uzzah. When God's people were moving the ark of God's presence, the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah believed that God needed his help, and so he reached out his hand to steady the ark. However, in 1 Chronicles 13:10, we read, "The LORD's anger burned against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark. So he died there before God."
The reason being is in the fact that God is holy. When we look at the cases of Uzzah and Aaron's two sons, we are to realize that it is not completely safe for us to come into the very presence of God. And it is until we realize the holiness character of God, and the dangers of approaching a holy God, we will not be able to properly worship or approach Him.
And when we view the Lord's Prayer, it acknowledges God's bright and burning holiness. The first petition is in when we cry to our Father in heaven. Then it is followed up with the acknowledgement in God's holiness, "Hallowed be thy name." Which, the first thing we ask is for his name to be holy.
What does it mean to be holy? To be holy is to be set apart in purity. It is to be separated from what is common and ordinary in order to be devoted to God's service. Whatever is holy is distinguished from the secular and dedicated to the sacred. And as 1 Samuel 2:2 tells us, "There is no one holy like the LORD." God alone is holier than any other and there is an infinite distance between the Creator and the creature. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high is his holiness.
However, when we say that God is holy, we are not simply saying God does not sin. While this is true, that God does not sin, God is holy in all his ways. He is the supreme, the moral majesty of the universe. Holiness is the sum total of all his glorious perfections.
And as the Scripture tells us, because God is holy, everything that is associated with Him is to be holy. His law is holy, and so is his promise. His ways, his words, his works, and his wrath are all holy. Even his priests and people are holy, in the sense that we are set apart to give Him service. God says in Leviticus 20:26, "You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own."
Up until now, we have been able to conclude that the Lord's name is holy. So what does it mean for God's name to be hallowed? The act, taken literally, does not make any sense. It is not possible for God's name to be holy or holier because God is holy. God cannot become any more holy than he is. God is already perfectly holy as can be.
So, when we ask, "Hallowed be thy name," we are not simply saying that God is holy or for God's name to be holier. Rather, it is a request from us. We are asking of God to do something, which is to bring glory to himself. God is hallowed whenever he shows that he is the Holy One. When we ask him to hallow his name, we are asking him to reveal that he is exactly who he is. Since God is holy, to ask God to make his name holy is asking him to reveal such holiness to us.
We are asking for God to hold his name holy amongst men. God's name is hallowed when human beings declare that he is holy, and so giving him the honor he deserves. And this is a fantastic way to begin our prayers, which is to ask of God to glorify himself and to show us that he is magnificent in his holiness. We are praying that God receives the unique reverence that his nature and character demands from us.
And before we can approach God in his holiness, something must be done about our own sinfulness. Of all things that separate us from God, it is our sin that creates the greatest distance. As King David asks and answer, "Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart." However, with sin, that is an impossible thing to even imagine.
We can look into an episode in the life of Isaiah. When Isaiah went to heaven and saw God worshiped in all his holiness, it did not inspire him, rather, it terrified him. In Isaiah 6:5, it reads, "Woe to me! ... I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty." Isaiah thought he was a dead man, and immediately realized that he was too unholy to worship a holy God.
However, God did something about Isaiah's sin. One of the angels took a coal from the altar of sacrifice and touched it to Isaiah's lips, which read, "See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for." It was only then that Isaiah could worship God in his holiness.
Likewise, we cannot hallow God until God hallows us, which He does through our Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus came to this earth to give his life as a holy sacrifice for sin. And ultimately, Jesus died on the cross to glorify His Father's name. Jesus hallowed God's name by suffering and dying on the cross for our sins. And when that occurred, it is God's holiness that brings us towards Him, for the holiness of the perfect sacrifice Jesus offered for our sins on the cross allowed for it to be so. God displayed his holiness by making us holy through his holy Son Jesus Christ.
And if Christ died to make us holy, then we are to be holy people. One of the places God hallows himself is in us. God begins to make his name holy in us at baptism. Christians are to be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In which we are not only washed, but also sanctified. As 1 Corinthians 6:11 tells us, "You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." And now that God has placed his name on us, he is known to be holy whenever we are holy. And if we bear the name of Christian, then we must be what we are suppose to be: to be set apart for God in purity. We become holy because of what Jesus does for us. And we must continue to live in holiness because the Holy Spirit continues to be in us.
So how? How can we obtain such holiness? We must pray for it. We must ask God to make us holy in everything that we do. As 1 Peter 1:15 reads, "Just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: 'Be holy, because I am holy.'" For this is the whole task of the Christian life; to become what God is in his holiness, and through such holiness we are able to hallow God's name.
To conclude chapter 5, Holy is Your Name, we sincerely pray for God to make us holy, and we know God is willing to listen and to answer. His plan is to reveal more and more of his perfection until the whole earth is full of his holiness. And so we pray that God would enable us to glorify him in all places that he is known, and make it so that he is known in all places.