Luther’s Small Catechism

by Dr. Martin Luther

Explanation of The First Petition

Explanation of The First Petition

The First Petition

Hallowed be Thy name.

Hallowed be Your 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!

The Central Thought

We introduce ourselves by name so that others will get to know us and relate to us.

Why is knowing and respecting someone's name necessary for a meaningful relationship?

Read Luke 11:9--13. How does Jesus teach us to honor His Father's name?


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