The so called Lord’s Prayer is not an incantation, to be repeated like a chant. It is a model prayer, each phrase having great revelatory truth to be used in our communication with our Father. Our Father’s name is Yahweh–if we consider ourselves children of the Hebrew God of the Bible.
“Hallowed be Thy name.” Christ is saying in the “Lord’s Prayer” that the Father’s name is “hallowed,”which is holy and extremely special. How can Christians appreciate it and sanctify it if they don’t even know what it is?
Not many know that the Hebrew God of the Bible was known by Moses, Daniel, Isaiah, and all the rest of the prophets and apostles by His name Yahweh.
“The Hebrew national literature centres in the thought of God. It is Yahweh who is all and in all, the father, the leader, the hope, the hero of his people” ( www.1911encyclopedia.org/Christianity ). This quote is from the article “Christianity” in the Encyclopedia Britannica, entirely on-line at this link. There are 142 others articles that mention Yahweh (www.1911encyclopedia.org/index.php?q=yahweh&title=LoveToKnow_1911%3ASearch&site=1911&fulltext=LoveToSearch ).
We’ve been told that “God” is His name. But “God” is a common noun that has been capitalized. “GOD, the common Teutonic word for a personal object of religious worship. It is thus…applied to all those superhuman beings of the heathen mythologies who exercise power over nature and man…The word “god,” on the conversion of the Teutonic races to Christianity, was adopted as the name of the one Supreme Being, the Creator of the universe” (www.1911encyclopedia.org/God). It was adopted, but God is not the name of the Father. Yahweh is His name. “This is my name forever,” Yahweh said to Moses (Exodus 3:15).
Some think that the Father’s name is “LORD.” But “LORD” is merely a title of the Father. This started when the King James translators substituted “the LORD” for the Hebrew name “Yahweh” over 6,700 times. Only once did they leave “Yah” (the shortened form) in Psalms 68:4: “Sing praises to his name…Jah.” The editors of the New King James Version corrected “Jah” to “Yah” ( https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/book-yah-is-savior-the-road-to-immortality/ ).
When Christ teaches us how to pray by saying “hallowed be thy name,” He wants us to revere, keep holy, consecrate, and venerate the Father’s name. That is what the word “to hallow” means.
But first the Father’s name must be restored to our knowledge. We cannot truly make His name holy and consecrated in our hearts if we don’t know His name.
And the Father’s name is Yahweh. We must keep this in our minds when we communicate with Him. For His name is extremely important to Him. So it should be of extreme importance to us His princes and princesses. Or how else could we address the King? When we do this, we will join the ranks of the Biblical men and women of God who prayed to Yahweh and spoke His name.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the Creator Himself remembered us and wrote down our names and thought of us in a special way? He will do just that for a few. Who will they be? “Then they that feared Yahweh spake often one to another: and Yahweh hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared Yahweh, and that thought upon His name.” That thought upon His name. Those of us who are in reverential awe and that speak and think upon His name–those He will remember (Malachi 3: 16). He is saying, Those that are not ashamed of My name and will remember me by using it, then I’ll remember them. He will set an open door that no man can shut before those who “have kept my word, and have not denied my name” (Rev. 3: 8). But He will shut the door on those who deny His name through unbelief, and great shame will be their reward. Just ask the “five foolish virgins” (Matt. 25: 1-13; verse 10 especially).
Armed with this knowledge, the scriptures about His name will open to us. It is a key. But be forewarned. The knowledge of the Father’s name is a pearl, a gem. And Christ warns, “Cast not your pearls before swine, for they will turn and rend you with it.” Be careful who you share this with. It is dynamite knowledge and needs to be handled carefully. You will be vilified and derided for sharing this knowledge–usually by those close to you. Kenneth Wayne Hancock