Prayer – 2. God’s Holiness: Hallowed be Your Name
Key Learning Outcome: Praying is not about getting what we want but about getting us to
submit to Him.
- a) Read together Hezekiah’s prayer when threatened by Sennecharib’s army, Isaiah 37:14-20.
- In what ways does Hezekiah acknowledge God’s power and holiness? (v.16)
- Why does God care? (v.17)
- What makes God different from other gods? (v.18-19)
- Why does Hezekiah desire deliverance? (v.20)
- Using Hezekiah’s example what does it mean to ‘hallow God’s name’?
- b) ‘Hallowed be MY name (Our reputation)
‘MY kingdom come (Our ideas)
My will be done’ (Our priorities)
In what ways does our prayer life take this approach?
(Do we think, ‘All powerful God; Father who wants to bless; QED: We can get all that we want’?)
The LORDS prayer is an Agenda Setting Prayer – ‘Your’ not my.
- c) Read Exodus 3:13-16; Psalm 20:7; Psalm 97:12, Philippians 2:8-11
For what reasons can God be trusted to rescue his people?
As we pray, ‘Hallowed be your name’ we request His name to be made holy. But God is holy already? SO what we are really praying is that people would recognise His name, not profane His name, we are praying for evangelism, we are praying that people would turn to Christ and trust Him to recuse.
In what ways does our prayer life focus on evangelism?
As well as praying for others we are also praying this for ourselves.
We are praying about what we SAY: How do we speak of God generally? The ‘boss up stairs’ – flipently? Do we show in how we speak of God to our children and unbelievers that God should be made holy?
We are praying about what we DO: In what ways does our life hallow God or are we a disgrace to the family name?
We are praying for our MINDS: What are our minds full of? Do we need to pray that God cleanses our impure thoughts?
Remember: Praying is not about getting what we want but about getting us to submit to Him.