“Hallowed be Thy Name”

Posted on 05 Mar 2020, Pastor: Randy Sturzenbecher

John 17:1-25 English Standard Version (ESV)

The High Priestly Prayer
17 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

6 “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. 8 For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me.

Midweek Lent 1   1st Petition of the Lord’s Prayer    “Hallowed by Thy Name”

March 4th 2020

The text for our meditation for tonight is the first petition of the Lord’s prayer.  “Hallowed by Thy Name”   and this for Jesus High Priestly Prayer in John 17. “Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one”. 

In the Name of +Jesus+ Amen.

We pray. 

Please read with me the 1st Petition of the Lord’s Prayer and what does this mean. 

The First Petition

Hallowed be Thy name.

What does this mean?

God’s name is certainly holy in itself, but we pray in this petition that it may be kept

holy among us also.


How is God’s name kept holy?

God’s name is kept holy when the Word of God is taught in its truth and purity, and

we, as the children of God, also lead holy lives according to it. Help us to do this,

dear Father in heaven! But anyone who teaches or lives contrary to God’s Word

profanes the name of God among us. Protect us from this, heavenly Father!


Did you know that when you pray the Lord’s Prayer you are praying for your pastor?  You are also praying for Bible study and Sunday School teachers.  You are praying for parents and grandparents. 

When we pray the 1st Petition of the Lord’s Prayer we are praying for all of those who teach God’s Word.  We pray in “Hallowed be thy Name” that the word of God is taught in its truth and purity.  

Our doctrine, what we believe, is not the doctrine interpreted by the Lutheran Church.  It is God’s doctrine, God’s Word Holy and Pure, and the way we understand that classifies us as Lutheran. 

God’s Word is holy in itself.  It does not need our help or interpretation. Really what it needs from us is to receive it.  To hear it.  To read learn and inwardly digest it.  God’s Word does not need to be manipulated and coerced to accommodate man’s reason. God’s Word does not need to be reinterpreted to suit worldly attitudes, desires or fads.   God’s Word, the Doctrine of His church is Good.  It is God’s Word to make us holy.

When we pray the Lord’s prayer we are praying for pastors who preach the word of God.  We pray they will be fearless and ferocious so God’s Word does what it is supposed to do.  We pray God’s Word would kill us.  Not end our lives this very moment but show us our sin so clearly that we see no hope of salvation in ourselves or anything we do.   We pray that this Word of God that is preached into our ears will break us and then pull us from our despair and help us to see Jesus.  Not as an unmerciful judge but our brother,  who loves you so much He takes your punishment.  He takes your death,  He takes your sin and leaves you spotless, blameless and holy. 





There is another part to understanding “Hallowed by Thy Name”. We are reminded in the Catechism,  God’s name is kept holy when the Word of God is taught in its truth and purity, and we, as the children of God, also lead holy lives according to it.


Children of God.  That’s what we are. That is just amazing!  Right here in the first petition of the Lord’s Prayer is Baptism!   Our identity life and salvation is given to us when God’s Hallowed Name is said over us with water.


Now His hallowedness covers us just like this white alb covers me.     Now His promises give us hope,….. because that is exactly what we need.   As much as we try, living Holy lives according to His Word is out of our grasp.   Remember we are simultaneously saint, covered by the Hallowedness of God and sinner covered with thoughts words and deeds far from the Hallowedness of God.   


No matter our age or position in life, when we look at God’s commandments we see how miserable we are doing.  Other gods fill our lives with business, leaving no time or energy or desire to pray.  We despise God’s word not believing God really does hear and answer our prayer.  We mock those in authority.  We murder reputations with gossip.  Pornography and lust erode the sacredness and gift of marriage.  We steal, we lie, we covet and refuse to be content with all the gifts our hallowed Father has given us.


To quote St. Paul “O wretched man that I am, who will rescue me from this body of death?”  


Jesus.  That’s who.  Tonight’s Gospel reading is Jesus praying to His Hallowed Father.  Hours before His death He prays.  He prays for Himself that He would Glorify God’s Hallowed Name and work of salvation with His own death.  He prays for His disciples.  And He prayed for you. 


Yes 2000 years ago, hours before His crucifixion Jesus prayed for you.  I am praying for themI am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.   Holy Father,…… keep them in your name,….. which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 


Jesus prayed “Keep them, keep us…. in your Name”.  Jesus prayed to God His and Our Father keep them holy dear Father!   Hallowed them by giving them the Gift of forgiveness.  


Remember, by nature, a Gift is something you would not or could not get for yourself.

God gave His OT people a Gift, a promise of an enemy of sin and Death.  For us we see sin and deaths’ enemy on the cross, praying Father forgive them.  We see our sins sacrificed at the High and Holy Altar of the Cross.  We see the gift of the 2nd person of the Hallowed  Trinity saying, “It is finished”.   Your sin paid for.    God has Hallowed you……He has holied you… by His Name. 

Once for all Jesus did what we can’t do.  He lived a perfect holy life and gave it to you as a gift.   Every time we gather here, the Gifts of God surround us.   Confession and then Absolution.  Jesus as a Gift for you.   God’s Word preached.  Jesus as a Gift for you.  Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  Jesus as a Gift for you. 

Our Father, Hallowed be they Name!   Amen.