Hallowed be Thy name.
Question: Is there a wrong way to hallow and adore God’s name?
Answer: It is not enough to say a prayer in the morning, if we do not remember to put God first in our lives the rest of the day. We should obey His commandments, and be careful how we
respond to the world beliefs that confront us.
“If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god; Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.” (Ps. 44:20, 21)
Mary Baker Eddy warns us about putting the things of matter before God:
“How much more should we seek to apprehend the spiritual ideas of God, than to dwell on the
objects of sense! To discern the rhythm of Spirit and to be holy, thought must be purely spiritual.” (S&H 510:2)
“All nature teaches God’s love to man, but man cannot love God supremely and set his whole
affections on spiritual things, while loving the material or trusting in it more than in the spiritual.” (S&H 326:8)
“This false belief as to what really constitutes life so detracts from God’s character and nature, that the true sense of His power is lost to all who cling to this falsity.” (S&H 283:21-24)
Do you see that just as we expect God to be free from mixtures of good and evil, we must see to it that we do not mix a love for God with a love of — or fear of — material things. We also want to cherish purity in ourselves and others.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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