May 19, 2017

1 John 5:15 (NLT) — 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

WWJP. We have been looking at a prayer that Jesus would pray. Why? Because all of Jesus’ prayers were answered. So if you are going to have your prayers answered according to our memory verse it would be very helpful to pray prayers that God hears. We then know that because He hears he answers. Let’s look again at the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples to pray.

Matthew 6:9–13 (NLT) — 9 Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. 10 May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today the food we need, 12 and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. 13 And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.

We looked at Our Father and in heaven so now lets look at may your name be kept holy. We are praying that the Father would help us to keep his name holy. This is a prayer He will enthusiastically answer. The downfall of many well known television preachers, politicians, sports heroes, and well recognized news media people is that their names were linked to questionable behavior such as adultery, pornography, child abuse, gambling, sexually bullying etc. They were unable to keep their names separated from these wrong doings and so they lost their good reputation and their trustworthiness.

Holy, at is basic meaning, means to be kept separate. When we claim God as Our Father we carry His name wherever we go. Our prayer is that we keep his name separate from things that would tarnish his good name. The reason that Moses was not allowed to enter the Promised Land with all of its blessings was because he didn’t keep God’s name holy. When God’s people needed water God told Moses to speak to a rock and out of that rock would come all the water that the people needed to quench their thirst. But this is what Moses did:

Numbers 20:8–13 (NLT) — 8 “You and Aaron must take the staff and assemble the entire community. As the people watch, speak to the rock over there, and it will pour out its water. You will provide enough water from the rock to satisfy the whole community and their livestock.” 9 So Moses did as he was told. He took the staff from the place where it was kept before the Lord. 10 Then he and Aaron summoned the people to come and gather at the rock. “Listen, you rebels!” he shouted. “Must we bring you water from this rock?” 11 Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with the staff, and water gushed out. So the entire community and their livestock drank their fill. 12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!” 13 This place was known as the waters of Meribah (which means “arguing”) because there the people of Israel argued with the Lord, and there he demonstrated his holiness among them.

Moses, in his frustration with the people complaining that they didn’t have water, shouted at them, called them names, and struck the rock that he was told to speak to. As God’s representative Moses linked God’s name to his actions and he made it look like God was just another human being who was angry, frustrated, lost his cool and resorted to name calling and hitting. He didn’t demonstrate God’s holiness. He didn’t keep God’s name separate from sinful actions. And because of that he missed out on the many blessings of the Promised Land.

How many blessing and unanswered prayers do we miss out on because we don’t keep God’s name holy and instead we link it to gossip, slander, unforgiveness, sexual promiscuity, bad attitudes, name calling, apathy, etc. ? If you have linked God’s name up to what it shouldn’t have been linked to be quick to repent an receive his forgiveness. And then begin to pray regularly: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.

Be inspired Hilltop!