Date: December 4, 2016

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Matt. 6:9c – “Praying for the Hallowing of God’s Name”
Fasting through Advent and the Lord’s Prayer Series, Advent Week 2
Sun. Dec. 3rd 2016 - Pastor Stephan
Sermon Outline
I. Hallowing God’s Name means (Matt. 9:6c) …
A. … setting His Name above all names (Lev. 22:32),
B. … not violating His Name in any way (Exo. 20:7), and
C. … approaching God in reverence and awe (Lev. 11:44, 19:2).
II. God’s Name is Hallowed (Matt. 6:9c) when …
A. … every other desire is secondary to this desire (1 Cor. 10:33),
B. … we desire that others honour God’s Name (Matt. 28:18-20), and
C. … we give glory, praise, and honour to our God (Isa. 6:1-5; Rev. 4:8).
III. Disciples of Jesus Fast for the Reward of the Father (Matt. 6:16-18).
A. Christians fast to focus their hearts upon God, not for the praise of others (vs. 17-18a).
B. Jesus is calling believers to seek the esteem of God’s Honour (vs. 18b).
C. Hearts hungry for God will find ultimate satisfaction in God’s Honour alone (vs. 18c).
Questions for Study and Reflection
1. Recall a time when a person near to you was dishonoured in some way. How did it make you feel? How did you respond to the situation?
2. Read Matt. 6:9-14. Define “holy.” Give three examples from Scripture.
3. Why is hallowing God’s Name the same as hallowing God?
4. Why is it hypocritical when people show outwardly that they are fasting inwardly? See Matt. 6:16-18. What reward have they received?
5. What is the reward from the Father? Is this selfish? Why or why not?
6. “A heart hungry for God will desire God to be supreme in all things.” Do you agree? Why or why not?
7. Take time this week to reflect upon God’s holiness. Read Isa. 6:1-5 and Rev. 4:1-8. Do you desire and hunger for true, uninhibited worship of God in your life? How much? Are there others you need to be praying for that they too would join in this chorus of praise to God?