Daily Reflections – Higher Things

Wednesday of the Fourth Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Samuel 1:1-20; Galatians 5:1-26

Hallowed be Thy Name. (Small Catechism: The Lord’s Prayer, First Petition)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. 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!

This time, rather than reflect upon this petition in our usual commentary fashion, let us pray together a four-fold prayer in the way of Luther:

Gracious Father in heaven, Your Name is holy as You are holy. You have made me holy by your Name in Baptism and have made me your child. By Your Name you forgive me and bless me.

I confess that I have profaned your Name on my lips and in my life. I have not spoken faithfully from your Word. I have dragged your Name into lies and deceit. I have not lived as your child according to your Word and have brought shame upon your Name. For this, I ask your forgiveness of Jesus’ sake.

I thank you that you have placed your Name upon me, that I may call upon you in every trouble, pray, praise and give thanks to you. I thank you that you have given me my identity as your Child, bearing your Name, that I may know that I belong to you.

Teach me to hallow your Name in daily repentance and faith. Cleanse my lips from all falsehood, lies, and deceit. Cleanse my life from anything that would bring dishonor to your Name. Preserve me in your Name all the days of my life. Grant it for your Name’s sake. Amen.