Our Father who is in heaven. . .
the term hypocrite originally referred to actors who used large masks to portray the roles they were playing.
Hypocrites are actors, pretenders, persons who play a role. What they say and do does not represent what they themselves feel or believe but only the image they hope to create.
God is Father to those who are His children through Jesus Christ.
The hypocritical scribes and Pharisees prayed for the same purpose they did everything else-to attract attention and bring honor to themselves
A Father Who is Approachable
Knowing God as our heavenly Father means the end of fear.
Nothing is so sacred that Satan will not invade it. In fact, the more sacred something is, the more he desires to profane it. Surely few things please him more than to come between believers and their Lord in the sacred intimacy of prayer. Sin will follow us into the very presence of God; and no sin is more powerful or destructive than pride. In those moments when we would come before the Lord in worship and purity of heart, we may be tempted to worship ourselves.