Sunday, January 24, 2010

Hallowed be your name

This second petition in the Lord's prayer has also been translated as "may your name be kept holy", suggesting God's name can be soiled.  No one likes being misrepresented, not even God.

So, whose job is it to keep God's name holy?  Angels probably have some part in it but I don't want to speculate in that unfamiliar realm.  Then there are Jesus' followers.  Whether we like it or not, the moment we claim to be His follower--claim that our business belongs to Him or that we are doing His bidding--we put God's reputation on the line.  That's high pressure we say.

I guess that's why Jesus asked us to make this our regular request when we pray.  We simply aren't capable of keeping God's name clean on our own effort - we need divine help again and again.

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