After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name.
Prayer a most exalted privilege — connected with the richest blessings; but is liable to abuse.
1. Christ admonishes His disciples to avoid the ostentatious formalities of the Pharisees.
2. To avoid the vain tautologies of the heathen.This is to be our model prayer: —
I. The FATHERHOOD of God.
1. By an act of creation.
2. By an act of adoption.
3. God is in heaven.
II. The BROTHERHOOD of men.
1. The whole human race constitutes one family. They belong to different classes, climes, ages; all sprung from one Father.
2. All Christians constitute one family.
Parallel VersesKJV: After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.