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OCTOBER 21

 

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy nameó

Luke 11:2.

 

 This expresses adoration, appreciation of Divine goodness and greatness, and a corresponding reverence. In addressing our petition to the Lord our first thought is to be, not a selfish one respecting ourselves, nor a thought respecting the interests of others precious to us, but God is to be first in all our thoughts and aims and calculations. We are to pray for nothing that would not be in accord with the honor of our Heavenly Fatherís name; we are to wish for nothing for ourselves, or for our dear ones, that He would not fully approve and commission us to pray for. Perhaps no quality of heart is in greater danger of being blotted out among professing Christians than this thought of reverence for God.

 

 

Parallel passages: Isa. 63: 17; Matt. 5: 44,45; 6:4; 8:13; Rom. 8:15; 1.Cor. 8: 6; 2.Cor. 1: 3; 6:18; Gal. 4: 4 7; Eph. 1: 3,17; 3:14; 5: 20; Col.1:3, 12;Jas. 1:17;  l. John 3: 1; Rev. 3:5; 14: 1.