From the Archives! Luke Sermon Manuscripts: Luke 11:3 part 1

I like reading sermon manuscripts! So, I thought it might be helpful for some if I shared some various manuscripts of messages I have preached from time to time. Now, I am not going to do the work of editing them, so please be patient with the presentation, as I type them a certain way to make it easier for me as I preach. It may be a bit annoying for you, but it would take way too long for me to edit! You can listen to the audio here. This particular message is about the second requirement of prayer.


We are looking together at Luke 1.

And talking about.

Prayer.

Specifically, how to pray.

Which 

I suppose

Could be offensive to some people

Like

You are going to teach me, how to pray?

I don’t need to be taught how to pray

I just pray

We are going to have a class on prayer

Come on

That’s a class on talking

And  

Of course

To a certain extent I understand that

Because

Prayer

Is 

Supposed to be something 
That you might say

Is

Basic

After all

It’s

Talking 

To 

God

From the heart

It’s not

A ritual you learn

It’s not a certain formula you have memorize

It is not some secret powerful words  

You can use on God 

 Prayer is talking to God from the heart

And

God’s not interested 

At all

In

Being

A vending machine

In the sky

You know

Where you just figure out how to put your money in and out comes what you want

That’s not prayer

You don’t have a relationship with a vending machine

And

God

Definitely wants to 

Have 

A

Relationship

 With you

And

We know

It’s 

Supposed to be 

A

Loving relationship

As well

Because

Jesus reveals

That to us

When

He says

Like a father child

Relationship

You remember out of all the titles we could call God, He tells us to call Him 

Father

And, so obviously

We don’t want to make prayer more complicated than it has to be

Like

If our children came to us

And they say

Daddy

We wouldn’t say, oh, whoop, it’s not daddy, it’s dad.

And if you are going to talk to me

You have to do this dance first

And we don’t say that

Hopefully

Because.

We love our children

And we want to hear from them

And we are glad when they come to us

And God loves you and wants to hear from you 

And

So I’m not trying to slow down your prayer life

When I say

I think we need to talk about how to pray 

Or that you need to learn pray

 Like oh 

This is so difficult 

And you are never going to get this

And yet

You know 

At the same time

While I don’t want to make prayer more difficult than it has to be

The fact is

We do 

Need to learn

How

To pray

There definitely 

Does need to be instruction

 Otherwise Jesus wouldn’t take the time to teach us

And

He does take the time to teach us

When the disciples say teach us to pray, he says to them, this is how you pray

Which means

This was obviously something he thought mattered

Instruction on prayer

And

I think

One reason he thought it mattered

Is because  

As we’ve said before

When we pray

We are not just speaking to anyone

We are actually speaking to God

And

While he’s our Father, he’s also still God

And 

That’ makes talking to Him 

Obviously a big deal

Something we want to learn how to do well

I mean

You can

Imagine

Getting a call

To speak to Parliament

Tomorrow

You are going down to Cape Town and you are going to speak to the members of Parliament

And 

Hopefully

That’s something you are going to 

Think about 

You are going to think about what you are going to say

And even maybe how to say it

And of course members of Parliament

Are

Small in comparison to God

And

So

We are going to want to learn how to pray

Because this is an incredible privilege

And also because it is 

An 

Amazing
Opportunity

 To talk to God

And

We’ve been going back to Lord’s prayer

Here in Luke 11:2-4

And using at it as a kind of model

It’s not words you memorize

It’s a model

Of

How 

And even what

to pray

Jesus

Is 

Giving us a basic framework for understanding how to approach God in prayer

And

Over past couple weeks

We’ve been begun looking at the way Jesus addresses God and begun laying down some basic principles

We learn

From

Jesus’ prayer

And

The

First

Principle

Was kind of simple

This was last week

We 

Said

BELIEVE

That’s where prayer starts

Believe

Specifically

You need to begin by making sure you really  are believing the gospel

And

This is like 

A get your heart right

Kind of beginning

And

You need to hear that again, your heart right

Because

We like externals

And that’s where we tend to start when it comes to our relationship with God

And Jesus doesn’t

When he talks about how to pray

He doesn’t begin with stuff like posture 

If you are going to pray, you always have to get on your knees

And he doesn’t talk about stuff like, place, at least here

He doesn’t say

If you are going to pray 

You have to go to the mountain

Or

Talk about what you are supposed to wear

You know you have a special white robe that you put on when you pray

Or even time

He doesn’t say

You have to pray in the morning

Or you have to pray for so long

Instead

Jesus begin

With

What’s going on in your heart

Do you see God as your Father

In other words

Are believing the gospel, and I am mentioning that again

Because it has always man’s tendency to think what matters most 

To God

Is 

External stuff

And as long as we get that right

We are fine

I mean

You can go back to

The OT

And

The Prophets

See

They are always coming to people

Who are plenty religious

And they make their sacrifices

And pray at certain times

And

Yet

God’s like

What’s going on here

With you

You think I like this

Because

All external

There’s no heart for holiness

It’s just religion

And that’s

Such a powerful temptation

Obviously

To take what’s supposed to be about relationship and honoring God and enjoying God

And

Miss all that

And feel fine

Because the form

The externals are there

And it’s such a powerful temptation

That

Even after all these prophets

Came

And said

All they said

In Jesus’ day

We

Find all these

Religious leaders

Like the Pharisees

And

Their big concern

Seems to have

Been

The externals as well

Like

Where you prayed

And

What you were wearing when you prayed

And the ritual went through as you prayed

And Jesus 

Keeps saying

You’re not getting it

This is not God-honoring prayer

And so

From OT to NT

God’s always made it clear

You 

Won’t understand

How to pray

Until you understand

That

The externals is not where you start, where you start, if you are going to get prayer right, is with what’s going on in the heart. 

And the

Most important

Thing

Here 

In Luke 11

In terms of what is going on in the heart

Is 

That you 

Pray

With

Faith 

In 

The

Gospel

That God

Is for you, because of Jesus Christ

If you don’t have that confidence, you need to get it, and you only get it through Jesus, through what He’s done, through the promises God’s made

To those

Who trust in Him

And

At the end of the day

No matter what you are wearing or where you are standing or what you are saying

There’s

No

Real praying without faith in Jesus and the promises God’s made

I am just standing there talking

If I am not believing the gospel

And we get all this

Of course

From the fact

Jesus tells us to call God 

Our Father

In Luke 11

Simply 

Father

Which was door that opens up to this whole glorious gospel truth

Of what it means

To be

A Christian

As Christians we

Don’t just pray to God

Like He’s removed from us

And distant from us

Because

We’ve been adopted

And so

We 

Now 

Pray to a God

Who loves

Us

And

Who

Wants us to know He loves us

And

While I know

That sounds simple

It’s 

Also

Key 

To experiencing real communion with God

BELIEVE

That’s first

And

Second 

We are going to look at a second principle  

This afternoon

Which you might call

REMEMBER 

Believe

And 

Remember 

Specifically

Remember you are speaking to God

Which again 

I know

Sounds kind of simple

But

It’s 

Obviously essential

You know

Who you are talking to you

When you pray

And it’s kind of crazy

Really

How easy 

It is to forget 

When you are praying

Who you are speaking to 

That

You are speaking to God

And

I mean

God

In capital letters

GOD

And

I’m just drawing this principle

From

Jesus’ words here 

In

Luke 11:2

Where He says

“When you pray, say Father, HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME.”

And

Another way to say that would be  

Father

“Let your name be hallowed”

Which may not mean that much to us at first 

Obviously

Because hallowed is an unfamiliar term

Like 

Really

Who uses the word hallow or hallowed

Anymore

But even though we don’t use the word that often

The idea really is not that 

Complicated

Actually

Because

Hallow

Essentially means, honor 

That’s probably the easiest way to say it

In the Old Testament

You can think of how God hallowed 

The Sabbath day

He set apart one day

From the rest

That was supposed to be treated as something special

And so

Hallow

Is

Set apart

Reverence

Or

You could even

Say

Put on display

As holy 

And 

It’s like a request here

Obviously

Lord 

Would you hallow your name

But

It

Also 

Reflects an attitude

And that’s what I want us think about

Is the attitude

What  

Is 

Behind  

The request

Where is this request

Coming from

It needs to come from a certain attitude towards God

Because

Obviously

The request itself doesn’t mean much

Really

If you just say it

If it doesn’t reflect what’s going on in your heart

If it is just some formality

You say

Because you think you are supposed to 

Oh God

Hallowed be your name

You are missing Jesus’ point 

Which is 
That 

What 

Is 

Supposed to be driving you 

As you pray

Is

Really

God

Himself

I mean

An

Awe of God

Where

You come to prayer

Because you know God

And you love God

And

 So

When you say

Hallowed be your name

You are

Really 

Saying

God

The reason I am here

On my knees

Is because I want your name to be  

Honored

And

Reverenced

And

Set apart

From everything else

In other words

I want your name to be hallowed

Because

I know

You

And

Because 

I know

You are special

You are unique

You are first

And

You are more important than anything else

 And so

As I come to you in prayer the thing that matters most

To me

Is that you

You would 

Be glorified 

When you say you want God’s name to be hallowed

You are saying

God 

You are at the center of the universe

I know that

And

I actually want that

I like you there

I love you being there

And 

The thing is

I don’t just want this for myself

Either

I want everyone else to know you are at the center of the universe

As well

It’s a response

Hallowed be your name

It’s like

You are considering the character of God and you are saying

Wow

You are beautiful

And

You are awesome 

And 

You

Are majestic

And

You are seeing this

And it’s like you are looking around you and you’re saying

I want everyone else to see this

As well

I want everyone else to see you

God

The way I am seeing you

And 

This comes first

For you

Really

This comes first

In prayer

And 

I guess

I am saying that because 

I just love 

That Jesus puts this at the beginning of his teaching on prayer

You address God

Father

And then

First

Hallowed be your name

First

Because

You know 

Jesus doesn’t start where a lot of people start

Does he

At least in terms of their attitude

In their relationship with God

He doesn’t start with us

And that’s important

He doesn’t start with you

At the center

Instead

He starts with God

And so

 It’s like he’s saying 

Listen

As you pray

Obviously 

You’ve got things going on in your life

And things you want

And things you are concerned about

And we’ll see

How God wants us to talk to Him about that kind of stuff

Because He does

But

Even with

All those

Problems and pressures

That you feel are so important

Never forget

Your fundamental

Most basic

Longing in prayer

The thing that really should be driving you FIRST AND FOREMOST 

Is God

Being glorified

And 

You know

I’m kind of going on about this

Because

This is not just a prayer statement

Actually

Like something you just say in prayer

This is a life statement

In fact

This is one of the things that sets real Christianity apart 

From fake Christianity

At the end of the day

One of the things that sets real Christianity apart

Is that real Christianity

Has God at the center

And fake Christianity 

Has man 

At the center

Instead

And so

They both talk about God, but one has God at the center, real Christianity and the other has man, in his place

And

I don’t know, maybe you remember

How we’ve said 

Before

In this world everything is either instrument or an end

And I love this so I am going to say it

Because it’s clarifying

And an instrument is something you use to accomplish a certain purpose

And an end is that purpose

So a pen

Is an instrument

You use for the end or purpose

Of writing a letter

And

If you take a step back

Ultimately

There is actually only one great end

There is only one great purpose

To everything in the universe

And absolutely everything else is an instrument to accomplish that purpose

And that purpose is God

God’s glory

God’s reputation

God’s beauty being put on display

That’s what matters

 And

If we open up our Bibles

That’s kind of the whole point

Really

This is a book about God

And

It’s showing us how great God is

It’s showing us

God’s glory

And helping us see

That

God’s glory is the goal of all things

And

Actually

It’s hard to understand this book unless you understand

That

That 

There’s this God

Out there

Who created everything we see

And who is in a class by himself

And

Deserves praise, honor, worship,

Because

Everything about Him

Is absolutely perfect

And

Is the way it should be

And

Every which way you look at God

He’s just beautiful

And

The whole universe

Was created

To shout out His glory 

That’s why He made the world

And

That’s why things happened the way they did

In this world

History

Is about His glory

And He’s even using the way we broke things, to bring Himself glory 

Ultimately

You might say His glory is like the ocean, and the things that happen are like rivers, and all those rivers, are flowing one direction, they are all pouring into

The ocean of the glory of God

I mean

That’s the reason we are on the planet

That’s why God saved us

That’s why Jesus died

That’s why He rose again

That’s why He’s coming back

That’s why we are here in church

That’s why, that’s why, that’s why

The glory of God

And yet 

Obviously

We know

The problem is

While

The Bible is so clear about all of this  

For 

A lot of people

Who say they are Christians

They are actually thinking and living is they are living as if 

It were ultimately all about them

Instead

As if

God were the instrument

And they were the end

Where

The purpose is their glory

And God is the tool they are using to accomplish that

And 

The

Thing is

That

Shows up in the way they pray

First

Because

There’s no passion in their prayers for the glory of God

Though

There is

Lot of passion

For the glory of self

Hallowed be my name 

And

It’s almost 

Really

As if they are talking to God like they were God

If you are listening closely

Because

Maybe they give some lip service to God

But after that

It’s their interests that are most important

It’s their honor that matters most

That comes first

And you know

There is not much reverence

There is not much awe

And

In fact

If you were going to be straight up

In some of their prayers

There is not much God 

And 

The sad thing

Is obviously

While

It’s easy to be critical of other people’s prayers

The 

Reality is

That’s not just true of people out there

That can even sometimes be true for those of us 

Who

Feel like

We have our doctrines down

And

Who say we are serious about what the Bible teaches

We know it’s about God

But too

Often

That’s only theory

For us

We know it’s about God

Theoretically

That’s what we would say

But 

I am afraid

That practically a whole lot of times we are living as if it were really about us

And 

We are

Praying like that

As well

Paul Tripp writes, 

And he’s an author.

“I know for myself – and I know I’m not alone – that so much of my prayer has nothing to do with the glory of God.”

Which is a strong statement.

If you think about it.

Nothing to do with the glory of God.

But.

Honestly

How much of your prayer has to do with the glory of God?

How often are you driven to pray, because of this passion for God to be glorified.

Tripp goes on,

“Unfortunately, in much of our prayer, we’re actually asking God to endorse our pursuit of self-focused little glories.”

And I wonder if you are hearing what he’s saying?

Because.

He’s saying.

In a lot of prayers, it’s not hallowed be thy name.

It’s hallowed be my name.

Only.

Of course.

We are smart.

And so “we phrase it in a way to make it sound not so selfish:

Like.

  • “God, give me wisdom at work … “

Which is a fine prayer, if it is God give me wisdom so that you will be glorified, but too often, it’s give me wisdom, so that I can make more money and acquire more power and get a better reputation for myself. 

Or.

  • “God, alleviate my financial woes … 

Which again, could be appropriate, except that too often, the reason we want our financial woes fixed is so that we don’t have to trust God any longer and so that we more money to spend on the pleasure and possessions that we think will make us happy.

Or.

We pray.

  • “God, help my child to be more respectful … 

Not.

So much for my child’s good or God’s glory.

But instead.

So that my evenings will be more peaceful so I can get the things done that I want to get done.”

And.

On and on we can go, looking at ways, we are actually, driven mostly.

To pray.

Buy.

A passion for us.

And.

Jesus is telling us here.

That.

Needs to change.

We need to change the way we pray.

In that.

The first thing we want is not that God would just make our lives so easy, but that “God would glorify himself, or even love himself, more than anything else.

In other words.

We.

Are.

To say.

“Hallowed be Thy Name”

And one reason

I think

This

HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME

Is so important

At the beginning of prayer

Is

Because it is like 

A big old

STOP

SIGN

For us

Really

At least that’s how I think of it

When I pray

It’s like wait

Before you go any further into the throne room

To talk to the King

STOP

And

Make sure your attitude is straight

By

REMEMBERING

Exactly

Who you are talking to

You are talking to God

You are talking to  

And

Of course

I am saying

The problem is

And 

The reason why

We are having this whole long sermon on just this one phrase

Is because

I know

There are going to be lots times when you are beginning to pray

And 

You are just like blah

Towards God

Or

You are just worked up about yourself

But you are not sitting down 

To pray

In awe

Of God

Longing for His glory

The way I am descriving

In fact

I was reading an article 

This week

By this author

Who has got a book

Called

AWE.

Why it matters for everything we say, think or do.

And.

I like that

Awe

Matters

And

I think

Jesus would say

He’s right

Awe

Matters

Because

It’s the attitude behind

Hallowed be your name

And 

It’s what is missing 

A lot of times as we go to pray

There’s just 

No

Awe

Awe is a great word

It is seeing something

And being blown away by its greatness

It’s a feeling of “reverential respect mixed with fear and wonder.”

In other words

Awe is what happens

When

You are looking at something and it grips you and your heart is captured 

And you think it is so beautiful and valuable and important

And

You are amazed by it

And

So

You can’t help but be passionate about it

And jealous for it

And

Obviously

That’s not the 

Way we feel a lot of times about God

Unfortunately

When we go to God in prayer

Instead.

Initially

Honestly

A lot of times

We are cold

Distracted

And  

I think 

If we are going to learn to pray the way Jesus, wants us to, we need to make a priority out of 

Getting

The awe back

Into 

Our

Prayers

And

That’s the point, I think behind, Hallowed be thy name 

And.

Maybe.

You are thinking.

How? 

How do I pursue that kind of attitude in prayer? 

And I hope you are thinking that because that is an important question, and so let, me give you four places to look, if you are going to kindle a fire in your hearts, for the glory of God.

First.

Look up.

You need to look up when you pray.

And.

Obviously.

I don’t mean, physically look up, of course.

I mean, you need to look up spiritually, and think about the character of God.

The reason a lot of us are lacking a passion for the glory of God is because we are not really thinking about God.

We are thinking about us.

We are thinking about our problems.

But we are not thinking about God.

And unfortunately, for some of us, that’s because we don’t really know Him that well in the first place.

If I ask you, what is that you love about God, is there anything that comes to mind, and really there is a lot that should come to mind because there is a whole world that is revealing His beauty and a whole book that He wrote to tell us what He is like, and yet, sometimes, even though people are Christians, they only know God superficially, and so there’s not much that comes to mind when they think about God, and so obviously, there’s not much of a passion,  for Him to be glorified.

On the other hand, others of us, do kind of know God, but it’s like we are great at forgetting.

With children sometimes you will call them to come to you, when they are little, and they are easily distracted, and they start by coming across the room, but then they see something else, and off they wander, and so you have to constantly be like, hey, look at me.

Come.

Come.

And with God, we’ve like that all the time, even if we’ve seen His beauty in the past, we get distracted, and forgetful, and that’s again, why.

We need to work.

As we pray.

If we don’t know God very well, or even if we do, it’s not that different, we need to look up as we pray, we need to come back to what the Scripture teaches us about God, and think about that and pray about that until we are enjoying Him and fired up about Him.

Being set apart.

Hallowed.

Maybe you take a list of God’s attributes, that means God’s character qualities as revealed in Scripture, and you start praying through them.

God is good.

God is holy.

God sees everything.

God knows everything.

God is all powerful. 

And on and on we could go, but you take a list like that, and maybe you start by defining what each word.

God you are good.

What does it mean that you are good?

It means this.

And what difference does it make that you are good? 

It matters because.

And.

Where in the Bible do we see your goodness?

Oh we see how good you are here.

And.

How have you been good to me?

God, you have been so good, hallowed be your name.

Or.

Another approach would be just take God’s names, you can find a list of names of God in the Bible, somewhere on the internet, maybe, and for a whole month, one day at at a time, you could praise God, for one of His names.

Like.

El Shaddai.

The Lord Almighty.

Or.

El Olam.

The everlasting God.

Or.

 Yahweh Jireh.

The Lord will provide.

Or.

Yahweh Shalom.

The Lord is peace.

Or.

Adonai.

Lord.

Master.

And obviously again.

We could go on and on and the point is not to use these names like they are magical, the letters or something.

Oh, just repeat them over and over, but instead, to prayerfully reflect on what the names tell you about God.

Until.

You’re filled up with a passion.

For.

His glory.

Or.

You could take a prayer you find in your Bible.

And a lot of times, you’ll see them doing this.

1 Kings 8.

For example.

When Solomon’s praying at the dedication of the temple. 

Listen to how begins.

Verse 22.

“Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven, and said, ‘O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart; you have kept with your servant David my father, what you declared to him. You spoke with your mouth, and with your hand have fulfilled it this day.”

And what’s he doing?

He’s reflecting on the uniqueness of God, on the character of God.

Verse 27.

He goes on.

“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven, cannot contain you, how much less this house that I have built, yet have regard to the prayer of your servant, and to his plea, my Lord my God.”

And if you need help, you can pray along with Solomon, taking his words, understanding what they mean, and using them, in prayer yourself.

This is what I mean.

When I say.

If you are going to hallow God’s name, you need to look up.

Very often.

You need.

To begin prayer by remembering who God is. 

Second.

Look in.

If we are going to pray hallowed be thy name and really mean it, obviously it starts with looking at God and who He is and what He deserves, but second, we can also look at ourselves, and evaluate, are we, actually, hallowing God’s name?

John Piper’s preached a sermon on Hallowed be Thy name and he walks through some passage in Scripture that talk about what it means to hallow God’s name. 

And first.

He says.

It means to believe God’s Word.

And he gets this, actually, from Numbers 20:12 where God rebukes Moses. 

And says.

“Because you did not believe in Me, to hallow me in the eyes of the people of Israel.” 

And obviously not believing there, equals not hallowing, and so if I am going to pray this request, hallowed be thy name, I think, I need to stop and say, well, am I living a life that shows, I.

Actually trust.

God’s Word?

Second.

Am I fearing God or am I fearing man?

In other words, what is driving me, man’s approval or God’s?

In Isaiah 8:12,13.

God says.

To the prophet Isaiah.

“Do not call conspiracy all that this people call conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the Lord of hosts, him you shall regard as holy (or: literally) hallow); let him be your fear, let him be your dread.”

And.

Not hallowing there, means being afraid of what everyone else is afraid, and hallowing, is basically, fearing God instead.

And so, as I am praying hallowed be Thy name, and I am not necessarily feeling it, I don’t feel a passion for God’s glory, I think about what it means to hallow God’s name, and I look at my life, and if I am not trusting God or not fearing God, then I am like wow, what’s going wrong.

I really need God.

To answer this prayer.

Starting in my life.

This is not just a throw away prayer.

Father, hallowed be your name.

I don’t hallow your name.

The way it deserves.

Lord, work this in me.

Third, you can look back.

You can look up.

To remember how great God is.

You can look in.

To begin feeling a need, that He would help you hallow His name.

And you can look back.

On.

How God has acted.

To save you.

If you are going to sort of kindle a passion, that He be glorified.

And this is something you see all the time in the psalms.

Psalm 103.

Great example.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.”

Which is basically.

Another way of saying, Lord, hallowed be your name.

And.

How does he stir himself up?

Verse 2.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfied you with good, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”

And what he’s doing.

Is remembering.

 Some of the things God has done for him, and throughout the rest of the psalm, you find him, talking about the ways in which God has been kind.

Until.

The end of the psalm.

When.

He’s basically shouting out.

“Bless the Lord, O you his angels, bless the Lord all his hosts, bless the Lord, all his works, bless the Lord, O my soul.”

And there are other places, where he doesn’t start out so excited.

And it’s more like.

He’s concerned and worried, and you’ll see if you read the psalms, he works his way through that, and one of the ways he does, is by going back, and saying, God this is who you are and this is what you have done for me.

Until by the end.

He’s like.

Yes.

Lord.

Hallowed be Thy name.

And that of course, is something you and I can do as well. 

You might.

Make a list, and set a goal for yourself, I am going to write down twenty ways, God’s shown His love for me, through Jesus.

And then pray, through them.

God, I was out there and I was as self-centered as I could be, and completely living this stupid life, that was hurting me and hurting everyone else around me, and then you showed me Jesus.

Hallowed be Thy name.

Are you hearing what I am saying?

This is a statement that shows us what we should want most, but a lot of times, it’s not something that is driving us as we pray, because we are just talking, we are not remembering that we are talking to God, and.

There’s little awe.

And so of course, we need to pray, God would give us that awe back, while at the same time, working, to be amazed by God, by.

Thinking about who God is.

And thinking about what God deserves.

And thinking about what God’s done.

Look up, look in, look back.

One more.

Look forward as well. 

And. 

That’s because.

Fundamentally, what we are praying when we pray, hallowed be Thy name.

Is.

Not as much.

God.

Help us hallow your name, though of course we want that.

As it is.

God.

Please.

Hallow your name.

In other words.

As we are looking around.

And seeing all this rebellion and sin, and God-hating, really going on all around us, we are.

Longing for. 

God to act in this world

And keep His promises

That.

We read about in the Bible.

Where He judges sinners and reverses the way this world is going.

So that everyone sees.

Who really is king.

Who really is God.

And how great.

He really is.

In fact, you know, we were reading through the Old Testament book of Micah in our Bible Training Centre class.

Recently.

And Micah is a prophet, and if you are familiar with the prophets.

In the Old Testament.

You’ll know they spend a lot of time lamenting.

Or.

Being sad.

About how.

Wicked it seems everyone is.

And.

And Micah’s no different.

And as you read this book.

You’ll find.

He’s  almost acting like a lawyer for God and coming to God’s people and saying.

God’s going to judge you.

And this is why.

And, even as he’s warning them.

They are not taking it seriously.

Because, they are all religious and prosperous and Micah’s like.

It’s coming.

Judgment’s coming.

There’s no way of getting around it.

And finally.

In chapter 7.

This kind of breaks Micah.

Actually.

Micah 7.

It’s like he’s listening to what he’s saying, and he starts weeping.

Because.

These are his people.

And they are going to be judged, and it feels almost hopeless.

Micah 7:2.

“The godly has perished from the earth, and there is no one upright among mankind.”

And he describes them in.

7:3-6.

“Their hands are on what is evil.”

Their leadership is corrupt.

You can’t trust anyone, because they are all only looking out for themselves.

And.

As you are reading.

You kind of feel like Micah.

What are you going to do, in the middle of all this?

How are you supposed to handle this, because this is how it feels for us, a lot of the time, as well.

And Micah says.

Verse 7

Trust God.

“But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation, my God will hear me.”

And. 

Then you know.

He actually starts talking to God’s enemies, because he knows what is going to happen is that as God judges His people, God’s enemies are going to start thinking that judgment.

Says something about God.

As God’s people are judged, God’s enemies aren’t going to know why He’s judging them, and so they are just going to think, God’s a failure. And so Micah’s like, don’t get too excited.

Verse 8

“Rejoice not over me, O, my enemy, when I fall, I shall rise, when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.”

And.

So in the middle of this chaos.

I just wait content

Verse 9

Because I know.

What’s coming.

Is.

A great reversal 

Verse 10

“Then my enemy will see, and shame will cover her who said to me, ‘Where is the Lord your God?”

Instead of getting discouraged, what Micah’s doing.

Is looking to the future.

He’s thinking about the promises God’s made and what it means.

About.

What’s ahead.

And he sees, what’s ahead.

Is this great reversal, where God turns everything upside down.

Judging.

His enemies.

Blessing.

His people.

This is.

Verse 11 through 13.

And as Micah thinks about all this, it’s like he prays in verse 14.

He begins praying. And his prayer is basically. 

“Hallowed be thy name”

With a little bit of thy kingdom come

Thrown in as well.

Verse 14.

“Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock of your inheritance.”

Come.

Be King.

In other words.

Save us.

The way you did.

Back.

In the time of Moses.

And this is so sure.

Micah doesn’t pray it, God promises it.

Verse.

15,

“As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt, I will show them marvelous things.”

And. 

You know what’s going to be the result of all this?

Verse 16

“The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might; they shall lay their hands on their mouths, their ears shall be deaf; they shall lick the dust like a serpent, like the crawling things of the earth, they shall come trembling out of their strongholds.”

Verse 17

And the important phrase is right there at the end.

“They shall turn in dread to the Lord our God and they shall be in fear of you.”

In other words.

Micah’s looking to the future.

And he’s seeing.

As God enacts this great salvation for His people.

Through judgment.

On His enemies.

He’s going to hallow His name.

Even God’s enemies are going to see, how great and glorious He is, and it’s going to cause them to fear and tremble.

And.

As we are living in this wicked world, sometimes, we get so wrapped up in what’s happening right now.

We’re not crying out hallowed be thy name, because it doesn’t seem possible, and that’s one reason.

We need to.

Study God’s promises.

And remember.

Who we are talking to.

We are talking to God.

And God’s got.

A plan.

And the ability to accomplish His plan, and His plan is right.

On track.

Even as we speak.

And so when we pray, hallowed be Thy name, really.

We are affirming.

Our faith.

In God.

And saying.

Lord.

Right now.

It kind of seems like.

Everybody

Thinks the gospel’s a joke.

And Jesus.

Is gone.

And that judgment is.

A fairy tale.

And.

In the middle of all that.

It seems a little difficult, but I am going to trust in you.

And wait.

Patiently.

Because.

I know.

What I am seeing right now, is not how it’s all going to end.

Because.

I know.

A great reversal is coming, where you are going to keep all those promises.

You made throughout Scripture.

And glorify yourself.

And.

That all.

Those who are mocking you now, are going to be ashamed, because they are going to see you for who you really are.

And God.

That’s what I want most.

More.

Than my own comfort.

More than my own. 

Pleasure.

More than my own.

Glory.

Father.

Hallowed.

Be your name.

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