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…
This petition relates to what is called "declarative glory" — a prayer that God's name may be made known, and honoured by all His creatures.
1. The desire that God's name may be "hallowed" implies that we have a just sense of His majesty and holiness. He who is really anxious for the honour of God's name will respect His Holy Word, His house, His day, His sacraments, and all the institutions of His Church.
2. The petition, "Hallowed be Thy name," is a prayer that all people may learn to love and obey that gracious Father in whose service we find such freedom and delight.
3. This petition should also remind us of the various ways in which our Heavenly Father is treated with disrespect and contempt.
4. Once more, the petition, "Hallowed be Thy name," may be regarded as a devout response of faith and hope to the prophet's vision of coming glory (Malachi 1:2).Two classes of persons should consider the subject of this sermon as applicable to them.
1. It speaks loudly to those who, while living upon the daily bounty of a gracious providence, to all intents and purposes ignore the very existence of God. The greatest miracle in the world is our heavenly Father's patience toward the unthankful and the evil.
2. Must not even the professed followers of Christ acknowledge, with deep mortification, their own neglect to promote the honour of God?
(J. N. Norton, 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.