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Heidelberg Catechism - Lord's Day 47

January 19, 2015 by Dan Valentine 0 comments

Posted in: Catechism for the Church

"The first line of the Lord's Prayer is not a declaration - it's a request. We are not declaring, 'Your name is hallowed.' We are petitioning, 'May Your name be hallowed!' In other words, Jesus teaches us that the first thing we ought to pray for, beofre we ask for anything else, is that God would be glorified and set apart as holy... By putting 'hallowed be Your name' first, Jesus would have us understand that the point of prayer is God's glory." - Kevin DeYoung. The Good News We Almost Forgot. 219.

Question 122: What does the first request mean?

Answer: "Hallowed be Your name" means, Help us to really know You, to bless, worship, and praise You for all Your works and for all that shines forth from them: Your almighty power, wisdom, kindness, justice, mercy, and truth. And it means, help us to direct all our living - what we think, say, and do - so that Your name will never be blasphemed because of us but always honored and praised. 

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