Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name…
The Lord’s prayer starts like this, or so I thought. I’ve said those words a million times.
But this morning it was different – this morning I saw the truth. I’ve always said,
Our Father in heaven, Holy is Your name.
Some might imagine, “What’s the difference and why does it even matter?”
The answer is clear. God is Holy; He doesn’t become Holy just because I pray that He is holy. His name is Holy in us when we acknowledge His Holiness. His name is only a name until we choose to know Him and know Him by name.
Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9:10 NIV
It’s personal and intimate.
We will never know Him as Peace, Healer, Savior, Redeemer, Shepard, Keeper, Counselor, Creator, Almighty God and so much more until we choose to let Him in – until we intentionally decide to let Him be in our lives.
The difference is life changing.
Open wide the doors of your heart and let Him in. You will see with heart eyes and know in the Spirit Him who loves with an everlasting love and is Holy.
Holy! Holy! Holy! is the Lord God Almighty, Who was, and is and is to come.”
He’s watching, waiting and present in His holiness.
So, in the Secret Place, I pray, “Our Father in heaven, Holy is Your name.” He responds, my soul hears Him say, “Be holy because I am Holy.”
I’m humbled in His presence. The only way we can be holy is in His presence for there the Holy One comes to pour His holiness into our yielded hearts. In the nearness of His presence, we’re touched by The Holy and can never be the same again.
We are holy, set aside for His good purposes because He has chosen us to be holy.
So, no matter how hard we try we cannot become right in His eyes (or become holy) until we come to know Him – know Him “by name.”
Holiness is not in the doing but the being.
It is intimate and personal – impossible without His daily presence.
For God so loved the world He gave… John 3:16
You are to be holy to Me because I, the Lord, am holy and have set you apart… to be My own. (Leviticus 20:26 NIV)
Call to Action:
What do you think? Have you ever thought about this principle of holiness?