God’s Name

Susie and her mother lived alone. Susie loved her mother very much. Susie?s mother worked very hard to provide a good home for Susie.
One day Susie was playing with her friend, Mark. Mark started to make fun of Susie?s mother. Then Mark used her mother?s name in a bad way. Susie was upset. She said to Mark, ?I love my mother. It is not nice when you use my mother?s name in a bad way. Please respect my mother?s name.?
In our Bible Reading today, Jesus taught His followers how to pray to God. In verse 9, Jesus prayed, ?Our Father in heaven, we pray that your name will always be kept holy.? Jesus knew that it was very important for people to respect and honor God?s name. Jesus does not want any person to use God?s name in a bad way.
Probably you know people who use God?s name in a bad way every day. These people say or sign ?God? as a swear word. When they do this, they do not honor God. We need to be careful not to use God?s name in a bad way. We should always respect and honor God?s name.