After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name.
I. The views here furnished of the CHARACTER OF GOD.
1. The title "Father" belongs to God essentially: as part of His nature He must be the Parent of all being. We are indebted to Him not only for life, but for likeness; He made .'us partakers of a spiritual nature.
II. The affections and EMOTIONS these views of the Divine character are fitted to inspire.
1. Admiring gratitude.
2. Confidence and trust.
5. Reverent awe.
6. Purity and elevation in our desires.
7. We should remember that our inheritance is "in heaven."
(D. Moore, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.