A most noteworthy feature of this lovely prayer is its division. The first half is utterly devoid of petition but given over completely to worship, to reverence, to adoration, to praise of God.
What a commentary upon our prayers in general which usually both begin and end with insistent petition. If this model prayer teaches one primary lesson, it is that the first requisite of real prayer is an acknowledgement of God’s omnipotence and the consequent worship that is due unto Him. His name is to be hallowed and honored.