Hallowing the Sacred


          A Christian’s prayer closet (Matthew 6:6) is his secret passageway into Jehovah’s throne room.

          Jehovah’s presence is so stunning, so overwhelmingly holy, so glorious no human can see God and live (Exodus 33:20). Even the utterly pristine seraphim cover their faces and feet when in His august presence (Isaiah 6:2).

          In the model prayer (Matthew 6:9-13), Jesus emphasized the importance and urgency of recognizing and revering Jehovah’s sacred presence when He commanded, “Hallowed be Thy name” (v. 9). Profaning the sacred is an epic spiritual failure. Its commission brought about the instantaneous deaths of Nadab and Abihu in Leviticus 10:1-3 and prevented Moses from ever entering the Promised Land which flowed with milk and honey (Numbers 20:12).

          When God and His name are rightfully hallowed, every syllable uttered in prayer is thoroughly marinated in a profuse amount of reverence. Your conception of prayer is transformed from the profane belief that prayer is about convincing God to do your will to the correct understanding that prayer is about making your will conform to God’s.

          “Nevertheless, not My will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42) proves Jesus practiced in the Garden what He preached here on the Mount.

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