After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name.
I. That we should in our prayers consider and acknowledge the universality of God's power and goodness.
II. That we should not in our conceit proudly and vainly appropriate or engross the regard of God unto ourselves, but remember that our brethren have an equal share with us therein.
III. That in all our devotions we should be mindful of those common bands which knit us together as men and Christians.
(1) The band of nature and humanity;
(2) The more strict ties of common faith and hope; of
(3) manifold relations unto God that made us, and
(4) our Saviour that redeemed us, and the
(5) Holy Spirit that animateth us and combineth us in spiritual union.
IV. That we should bear such hearty goodwill and charitable affection toward others as not only to seek and desire our own private and particular good, but that of all men.
(1) Especially of all good Christians who, in a peculiar manner, are
(2) God's children and (b) our brethren.
(Isaac Barrow, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.