“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…” Matthew 6:9b
These are the words Jesus used to begin His prayer to Father God. Many of us know this prayer (the Lord’s Prayer) by heart and have repeated it numerous times. It is very familiar to Christians.
Let’s look at what this first sentence really means though. As we address God and approach His throne, it should be with the utmost respect, reverence and humility. This simple verse does that very thing. The word “hallowed” means to be made holy or consecrated, another description says to be greatly revered or honored.
Jesus was giving praise, honor and reverence to God. That is the example we should follow whenever we speak these words. Our hearts and minds should be filled with praise and worship for our awesome God and we should desire to bring Him the glory that He alone deserves.
We should never become complacent about their meaning or just repeat them out habit or custom. As we pray and communicate with God, let us always lift Him up and praise His greatness.
Welcome to “In His Praise”
The good news from East Point C.P. Church today is that we are alive and doing well. Covid-19 may have kept our doors closed for awhile, but praise be to God, in person church services began again 3 weeks ago and the Lord just keeps on blessing.
Things are not completely back to normal yet – we still try to practice social distancing, use hand sanitizer, and make masks available. There’s not much handshaking or hugging, but members are happy to be together. The choir is not in the choir loft, but the congregation sings with joy and thanksgiving. Rev. Nickles is bringing great messages from the Lord and attendance is increasing each Sunday.
We really don’t know how long these safety precautions will be in place, but we do know that God is good and He is working in mighty ways to bring people to Him. He has opened new avenues from which to share the gospel. He has moved people to come to church that have not been before and people have a new zeal about serving the Lord.
The blessings just keep being poured out upon us!
As we continue on during this troublesome time, let our prayer always be “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” Ephesians 3:20-21.