And he said to them, When you pray, say, Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done…
Remember where that Father dwells. It is a Father which is in heaven that you are to pray to. Therefore He must be —
1. Most gracious; or He would never have allowed you to call Him by such a name.
2. He must be most powerful; for He is high above all things.
3. He must be most wise; for He made the world.
4. He is everlasting, and will endure without a change, when the heavens and the earth have passed away. Having then a Father, who is so powerful and so wise, and who is also unchangeable and everlasting, what an anchor of hope must this thought be to us!
(A. W. Hare.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.