Typically, we pray when we are in trouble. But the Lord’s Prayer starts with “Hallowed by thy name,” instead of asking for our health, life or happiness. Matthew 6:6-15. Why?
“Hallowed by thy name” can be interpreted as honoring God’s holy name, or adoring Him.
In the Lord’s Prayer, honoring God is before asking for our daily bread, necessities for life. Matt. 6:11.
Typically, our primary focus is some earthly things, such as a job, our children, a girl friend, or a promotion. Honoring God is more important. As to earthly things, tell God our needs and thank Him. Don’t be anxious about them. Philippians 4:6.
Honoring God is before asking God for forgiveness. Matt. 6:12.
A man was unfaithful to his wife. After he had confessed to God, and his wife had forgiven him, he still could not forgive himself. This was because he came from a prudish family, which treated sexual sin as the worst kind, an almost unforgivable offense. Such an upbringing suffocated him. If he had considered honoring God as more important, he should be able to forgive himself since even God had forgiven him.
Honoring God enhances our relationship with Him.
God told Adam and Eve not to eat fruits from one tree. Then Satan deceived them, making them believe God keeping the best from them. They wouldn’t have lost trust in God, if they had focused on honoring Him.
Why should we honor or adore God? Reasons could be found in the beginning of the Lord’s Prayer: Our Father in heaven. “Our Father” implies He loves us as a father loves his children. “In heaven” signifies His power. Also, He is holy. To cover our offenses, Christ sacrificed for us.
Honor God, at least because He is loving, powerful, and holy. Such an attitude gives us the right perspective and priority in life, and enhances our relationship with Him.
Summarized from a Tim Keller sermon
通常，我们在遇到麻烦时会祈祷。但是主祷文一开始是“願人都尊你的名為聖”，而不是祈求我们的健康，生活或幸福 （马太福音6：6-15）。 为什么？
在主祷文中, 尊敬上帝的圣名或敬拜上帝是在求我们生命必需品之前 （马太福音6:11）。
通常，我们的主要重点是一些世俗的事物，例如工作，子女，女朋友或升职。尊敬上帝应该更为重要。对于这些尘世间的事物，告诉上帝我们的需求, 并感谢他。但不要为那些事物而担心 （腓立比书4：6）。
我们为什么要尊敬上帝？在主祷文的第一句章文中可以找到原因：我們在天上的父。 “我们的父” 意味着祂像父亲爱他的孩子一样爱我们。 “在天上”意味着祂的能力。而且，祂是圣洁的。为了掩盖我们的罪过，基督为我们牺牲。