Mat 6:9-15, 9…Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your Name
Prayer begins and ends with God. In teaching His disciples to pray, Jesus first taught them to recognize God as their Father in relationship and His dwelling place. He then taught them to hallow God’s name (to make holy or sacred, to sanctify or consecrate, to revere God’s great name). When we are quick in prayer with “give or do for me list”, we lack the understanding that God ought to be the person of our affection and not what He can do for us.
In court, the bailiff brings order by speaking out to those present to rise as he ushers the Judge by his/her title into the court room. It is after the judge has taken his/her sit that everyone is then asked to sit. Have you noticed that no cases are presented or heard until the judge has been ushered in and settled? This is no different from praying to God. Psa 100:4 “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name” We must know Him, worship His great name, His nature, praise His attributes (God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, truth, He is all sufficient, incomprehensible, He is ever present and knowing all things etc. We worship the LORD in the beauty of His holiness.