Hallow: to make holy
EL – God, Elohim: plural form of EL, something or someone worthy of worship.
When Jesus taught us to pray, the first thing he asked us to do was to honor our Father, not to complain, whine, or ask for things that we want. So what does it mean to hallow God’s name?
If we honor God’s name, we will pray more in alignment with His will for us and will see more of our prayers answered.
We pray for the things we believe He wants us to pray in the spirit of what He wants for our lives. If we honor God’s name, we will pray more in alignment with His will for us and will see more of our prayers answered. As a church, we want to pray prayers that happen!
God’s name represents His identity, His character, and His promise. Before you ask god for your request, think about how your are going to acknowledge His name as holy – to show yourself and everyone else that His name, identity, reputation, and character are set apart from every other name. When you pray with this humble attitude, God shows up.
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.2 Chronicles 16:9
God is looking for someone to be loyal, honor Him, and give Him credit so that others can know about Him.
In Exodus, God delivered two million Jews from slavery in Egypt by the leadership of his servant Moses. By the time we reach the story in Numbers 20, the Israelites have seen many miracles and experienced God’s power and provision again and again, but now they are in Kadesh without water, crying out to Moses and complaining that they would rather be slaves or be dead than to be in their current situation.
In verse 6-8, Moses and Aaron humbly turn to God and ask for His intervention. God responds and intervenes on behalf of His people:
So Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and they fell on their faces. And the glory of the Lord appeared to them. Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.”
But Moses does not do exactly as God commands. Instead of gathering the Israelites to witness God’s amazing miracle and giving God glory, he calls the Israelites “rebels,” speaks to them in frustration, and hits the rock with his staff (v. 10-11.).
God is not happy with these actions. Where He desired to see faith and provide a sign to the Jews that He would provide for them, Moses took matters into his own hands and did not acknowledge God. This offense is so serious to God that imposes a serious consequence on Moses and Aaron:
Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”Numbers 20:12
God wants us to honor His name, revere His character, and acknowledge His holiness. We are not to make holy ourselves, our money, our power, our Bible knowledge, our education, or anything else. He wants us to have faith, trust Him, and walk in obedience.
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 1 John 5:2-3
Think about your own prayer life. Are you believing Him or are you calling Him a liar by your actions and your lack of faith? If you believe that the Lord is provider, then you won’t worry about His provision for you. You will be free to let go of what you have in generosity, because you know that you will still have what you need.
Pastor Miles outlined four ways we can trust God:
1. God’s name is made holy when you believe in the faithfulness of His character, reputation, and identity. Numbers 20:12
2. God’s name is made holy when you fear and respect the faithfulness of His character, reputation, and identity. Isaiah 8:12–13
When we fear God, we do not allow man’s response to dictate our obedience to Him. Nor do we let our issues with man determine our obedience to God; this is what happened with Moses, as he let his frustration with the Israelites alter his actions from what God had commanded. He gave his influence over man more respect than he gave to God.
3. God’s name is made holy when you obey the demands of His faithful character, reputation, and identity. Leviticus 22:31–32
We make God’s name holy when we keep His commandments.
4. God’s name is made holy when you glorify the faithfulness of His character, reputation, and identity. Leviticus 10:3
When something good happens in your life, give God the credit. He is the one who saves, blesses, and provides.
If you believe God and you want to hallow His name, allow Him to save you, to show up in power, and to do the things that you can’t do yourself.