Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. (Matt. 6:9)

MY FATHER LOVED HIS CHILDREN, but he also demanded our respect and obedience. He took us places that were fun and others that were just educational. We ate dinner together as a family, and Daddy wanted to know everything about our day. We could ask him for anything, and he gave us what he could—if he thought it was good for us. But he never let us forget that he was the parent and we were the children. He knew what we needed better than we did.

God is like that. As our loving Father, He wants us to come to Him with our requests, and He also wants us to tell Him about our day. Yes, He already knows, but the prayer conversation helps strengthen our relationship with Him. He wants to hear about the good and the bad things that happen to us, our joys, sorrows, and frustrations. And although He doesn’t always give us what we want, He does give us what we need.

But that’s only half the story. Our loving Father is also God. As God, His name is to be hallowed, meaning that it is to be honored and revered. His name reflects who He is, so He deserves the same treatment as His name does.

When we respect and obey our Father, we hallow His name.

Read Psalm 8 with a reverent heart.

Kathryn Page Camp enjoys photography, reading, and sailing Lake Michigan with her husband of thirty-five years.