Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis is the Proistamenos of St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Fr. contributes the Prayer Team Ministry, a daily reflection, which began in February 2015. The Prayer Team now has its own dedicated website! Fr. Stavros has produced two books, “Let All Creation Rejoice: Reflections on Advent, the Nativity and Epiphany”: “https://amzn.to/2t1rXwh and “The Road Back to Christ: Reflections on Lent, Holy Week and the Resurrection.” https://amzn.to/2WAcfG0
Pray then like this: Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory, forever and ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13
Good morning Prayer Team!
The Ten Commandments teach us that we are to honor our father (and mother). But the Lord’s Prayer, referring to our Heavenly Father, takes the commandment of honoring to a different level. We are to reverence our Father as “Holy”, or “Hallowed.” The name of God is not only to be respected, but revered, glorified. Our Father in heaven is different than our fathers on earth. That is because He is set apart. He is all things that a good father should be, without any imperfections. He is perfect, bestows perfect love, and has an infinite capacity to bestow blessings on us.
“Hallowed be Thy Name” calls US to holiness. It calls us to be holy, as God is holy. It calls us to be set apart from sinful things. It calls us to glorify God by seeking holiness ourselves. It also reminds us that when we invoke the name of God, we should do so with reverence. Some people invoke the name of God in the context of cursing, or anger. God is love, and we should speak His name with love.
St. Paul exhorts us in II Corinthians 7:1 to “cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.” Some practical advice for today-think of something that you can do in a more holy way. Perhaps it is being a more holy and less angry driver. Perhaps it is being less irritable and more patient. Look at the layout of your day today, and pick one thing and make that “Holy” to the Lord. Honor Him in the place where you usually fall short. If we are to “hallow” His name, then we must “Hallow” our actions to match. And dare I say, if we say “hallowed by Thy name,” then we must say to ourselves “Hallowed be MY (your) name.” He is Holy, we are to strive to holiness as well. We describe God our Father as holy. If someone were to describe you, would “seeking holiness” be one of their answers? We often quote Psalm 118:24-“This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” As we rejoice and are glad, let us not forget to “hallow” the day as well-to seek to make it holy to the Lord. He has given us the day-let us make it a holy, hallowed day!
Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of another week. Thank You for your example of holiness. Help me have the consistency to hallow Your name by my words and actions. Help me to work toward holiness today by (fill in the blank). May Your Holy name be blessed and glorified in all that I do today. For You are holy our God and to You I offer glory-Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
Hallowed be your Day!
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