Jesus began His famous "Lord's Prayer" with a request that God's name be regarded as holy. What does this mean for us today? What does it mean to honor God's name as holy? How does this affect us?
The fact that Jesus opened His prayer with these words should have a special meaning to us. Before can go any further in prayer, we must acknowledge God as Father and come to Him in a spirit that honors His name as holy. If we don't, we have missed the entire point of coming to God in prayer.
To honor God's name as holy means to revere Him, His name, and His character. How can we honor God's name as holy if we take His name in vain? We must acknowledge His name as the Name above every name and place Him in His rightful place in our lives. Only then can we humbly come to God in prayer.
Since we are commanded to pray, we must keep these things in mind every time we hit our knees. In our daily walk with God, we must walk in the understanding that God is holy and His name is to be honored. When we walk this way, God is pleased.