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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Small Catechism – part 33

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Matthew 6:9

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Second Commandment

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain (for the Lord will not hold guiltless those who take his name in vain).

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not use his name superstitiously or to curse, swear, lie, or deceive, but call upon him in every time of need, and worship him with prayer, praise, and thanksgiving.

Pulling It Together

The best way to use God’s name properly is in prayer, and the best prayer is the one Jesus taught us. In the Lord’s Prayer, we pray that the Father’s name will be hallowed, or “holied.” We ask that his name be made holy: that he be revered, set apart, and honored in our lives and throughout the world. We do so hallow his name each time we call upon him in prayer, worshiping him with praise and thanksgiving.

Prayer: Father God, holy is your name. Amen.

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