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…
I. The expression implies that God has communicated to us His own QUALITY OF LIFE (see Genesis 1:27; Colossians 3:10). Traces of the Divine in man, though marred by the fall.
1. Our intellectual faculties.
2. Our aesthetic nature.
3. Our power of loving.
4. Our moral Sense.
5. Our native impulses to goodness.
6. Our disposition for Divine communion.
7. Our hopefulness.
8. Our free agency.
II. The expression implies also that God holds us In INTIMATE RELATION TO HIMSELF.
1. He holds us in the intimacy of affection (John 17:23).
2. He holds us in the intimacy of communion. A parent desires the society of his children.
(1) Therefore God gives us the command and the spirit of prayer.
(2) He communicates to us His thoughts in the Bible, and His own impressions of truth and virtue through the influence of His Holy Spirit.
(3) He dwells within us, making even our bodies His temples.
3. He visits us with an intimacy of service.
(1) His Providence secures our temporal well-being.
(2) His Grace provides our atonement.
(3) His Spirit serves our spirits in sanctifying them.
(J. M. Ludlow, D. D.)
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.