As most of you know Robin and I are soon to become grandparents for the first time. Our son Robbie and his wife Kelli are expecting their first child near the end of January. To say that we are excited is an understatement! We can hardly wait for that little one to arrive so that we can love and spoil them! In the next week or so, we will have “The Big Reveal Party” where we will all find out if this blessing from God will be a little boy or a little girl.
 
One of the things that we have all enjoyed in this time of anticipation is thinking about names for the baby. Robbie and Kelli have already given this a lot of thought. They have names picked out for both a boy or a girl. The names they have chosen have special meaning for them and will serve as a way to honor and identify that child for their entire life.
 
You know, there's great power in a name. It says who we are, it's what we are known by to all those around us. When you get to know someone, and you learn their name, you learn something deeper about who they are. And there's nothing so powerful as the name of our Lord God. There are over 256 names given in the Bible for Jesus, some used exclusively for Him and some used interchangeably with God the Father.
 
Meditating on God's names helps me to adore Him, to worship Him.  His names represent His character.  Our God is one God, but He is so complex that no one name can adequately capture who He is.  God desires for us to know Him and so He has chosen to reveal Himself through many different names. These names are a gift to us; each one has the power to draw us closer to Him, to help us better understand who He is.  The better we know Him, the more we are able to love and worship Him.
 
This week as we continue our look at the Lord’s Prayer, we will look at the phrase, “Hallowed be Thy name.” I used to think those words were a call to worship and pretty much dismissed them as part of the preface to the actual prayer. I hadn’t realized that they are the first petition (or request) the prayer makes. In those four prayerful words, “Hallowed be thy name,” we are appealing to God to help us keep His commandment about not dishonoring
His name! That sentence, however, means far more than just not cursing or committing perjury after promising to tell the truth.
 
I hope you will join us on Sunday as we explore the question, “Why should I hallow
God’s name?”
 
Randy