Name, Kingdom, Will – Lord’s Prayer – 2

June 25  “Hallowed be Your Name” and “Thy Kingdom Come” and “Thy will be done” are inter-related: each supports the other and accomplishes the other. When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he revealed his heart, which was The Father’s heart. May it be ours.

May the name of God be hallowed, revered. Have you ever wondered why the phrase is “the name of God” rather than just “may God be revered”?

I want you to think about Hebrew culture, then and now. It had a very high respect for God. So much so that the Hebrews would not speak or write YHWH. (Common substitutions for Hebrew forms are hakadosh baruch hu (“The Holy One, Blessed Be He”), Adonai (“The Lord”),or HaShem (“The Name”).)

I hope we can see great reverence for God, here. Though I am a Son of God because of Jesus’ love, maybe even because I am, I humbly honor, praise, adore, bless, exalt, extoll, laud, and hallow YHWH, even His Name.

Let’s jump forward to the Reformation…although, it was taught far earlier than this. “What is the chief end of mankind? Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” That is how the Shorter Westminster Catechism begins—the very first truth taught. A catechism is, simply, a church membership class.

We may not respect the great care of the Hebrews or be of the Reformed tradition, but I hope all of us would agree with the sentiment of their culture and the catechism’s answer.

In reflection, I believe I agree in concept, but I have an oh so long way to go in embodying—living out—the hallowedness of God and His Name. May my efforts and ultimate resting upon grace bring glory to His Name.

Our Father (hallowed be Your name), who is in Heaven (hallowed be Your name).

Your Kingdom come (hallowed be Your name), Your will be done (hallowed be Your name), on Earth as it is in Heaven (hallowed be Your name).

Give us this day our daily bread (hallowed be Your name).

Forgive us our trespasses (hallowed be Your name) as we forgive those who have trespassed against us (hallowed be Your name).

Lead us not into temptation (hallowed be Your name) but deliver us from evil (hallowed be Your name).

For Yours is the Kingdom (hallowed be Your name), the power (hallowed be Your name), and the glory (hallowed be Your name), forever and ever (hallowed be Your name). Amen.

May the Kingdom of God come to full reign upon this Earth as it already is in Heaven. We know that everything was created by God. We know that all things are sustained by God. We know that all things will be made new by God.

We also know that there is a war being fought in the Heavenly Realms for the life and soul of God’s Earthly creation. We know that Sin and Death had laid hold to this world, staining it, stealing it. But in that darkness, The Father has sent His Son to invade usurped space and battle hostile forces.

This is not an equal fight—God is all-powerful—His war victory certain—but there are battles left to finish.

Too often our hearts, minds, and prayers focus on “Lord, I’m ready to leave this broken place. Take me away (I’ll Fly Away).” But that sentiment is not of God! Quite the opposite of an extraction force, The Father has sent and The Son has established a Kingdom here. His Church is an occupation/invasion force. We are to want Heaven to come here rather than us leave to Heaven (Heaven came down and glory filled my soul).

We must also remember that when we pray “Your Kingdom Come,” that it is already commenced. The Kingdom of God is here! We can know Heaven now!

Our Father (Your Kingdom come), who is in Heaven (Your Kingdom come), hallowed be Your Name (Your Kingdom come).

Your Kingdom come, Your will be done (Your Kingdom come), on Earth as it is in Heaven (Your Kingdom come).

Give us this day our daily bread (Your Kingdom come).

Forgive us our trespasses (Your Kingdom come) as we forgive those who have trespassed against us (Your Kingdom come).

Lead us not into temptation (Your Kingdom come) but deliver us from evil (Your Kingdom come.

For Yours is the Kingdom (Your Kingdom come), the power (Your Kingdom come), and the glory (Your Kingdom come), forever and ever (Your Kingdom come). Amen.

May the will of God become the will of His Creation. We know that everything that The Father wills shall come to pass. We also know that our wills were turned away from the Lord because of Sin and Death. We know that Jesus came to do the will of His Father. We know that, in Christ, our wills may be in conformity and harmony with The Father’s will.

What is the will of the Father? God will three things in general. First, God desires and acts to release those held in bondage. Whether it is the physical slavery of addiction, forced servitude…the mental slavery of bigotry, anger…or the spiritual slavery of possession, disbelief…Jesus wants to welcome you into the promised land of the Kingdom of God.

Second, God wills that Sin and Death—His Enemies—to be destroyed, utterly wiped from existence. It makes sense, right? Wouldn’t you want to stop the bullies who are hurting and killing your kids? Sin and Death are not a part of God’s Plan. Jesus, The Son, has dealt with both at the Cross.

Third, God wants to be reunited with His People—He wants to be in their midst. Remember in Scripture where God promises to come and lead His People, Himself. In Jesus, He has done this. This is what we know. As Quakers, we experience this every day as we attend to Christ’s Presence within and amongst us.

But I think it is of vital importance for us to know how God’s will is accomplished. In the last section, I used a lot of military/violent imagery. I don’t think we can run away from violence because it is woven into the DNA of the broken world we inhabit.

But God’s will wasn’t accomplished through His use of violence. No! God’s will was enacted through sacrificial love—through the absorption of this broken world’s violence, hate, sin, and death. God wills that the way to change the world—to bring glory and honor to His Name and to establish the Kingdom of God on Earth—is through the giving sacrifice of ourselves (in Jesus’ name) to those who hate and hurt.

Our Father (Your will be done), who is in Heaven (Your will be done), hallowed be Your Name (Your will be done).

Your Kingdom come (Your Kingdom come), Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven (Your will be done).

Give us this day our daily bread (Your will be done).

Forgive us our trespasses (Your will be done) as we forgive those who have trespassed against us (Your will be done).

Lead us not into temptation (Your will be done) but deliver us from evil (Your will be done).

For Yours is the Kingdom (Your will be done), the power (Your will be done), and the glory (Your will be done), forever and ever (Your will be done). Amen.

“Hallowed be Your Name” and “Thy Kingdom Come” and “Thy will be done” are inter-related: each supports the other and accomplishes the other. When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he revealed his heart, which was The Father’s heart. May it be ours.