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The Lord’s Prayer


“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’”                Matthew 6:7-13


In the Small Catechism, the question is asked, “Which is the most perfect prayer?” The answer, “The most perfect prayer is the Lord’s Prayer, which Christ taught His own disciples.” Martin Luther once said, “Since our Lord is the author of this prayer, it is without a doubt the most sublime, the loftiest, and the most excellent. If He, the good and faithful Teacher, had known a better one, He would surely have taught us that too.”

Each week in the divine service we pray the Lord’s Prayer. This follows the sermon and closing hymn, and it’s prior to the benediction. Why do we pray this prayer, especially at this specific time? Well, like all aspects of our worship, there is a reason.

The Lord’s Prayer, although it can be prayed at various times and for various reasons, is prayed, specifically, at the end of our service, because it sets the stage for us to enter back into the world with full confidence in our God and His grace. In other words, after every hymn is sung, after every confession is made, and after every word is spoken, we bow before the Lord to pray this prayer of confidence prior to entering back into the world. With that being said:

  1. We go into the world confident that our heavenly Father will be with us and will love and care for us just as any good father would do.
  1. We go into the world confident that, with the Word before us and Christ within us, the name of our God will be made holy among us.
  2. We go into the world confident that, by God’s grace and with the Holy Spirit working in and through us, God’s Kingdom will be made manifest among us.
  3. We go into the world confident that God’s will, will be done here on earth as it is in heaven; that every power of darkness will come to nothing and the saints of God will ultimately overcome through the power of Christ in them and the blood of Christ shed for them.
  4. We go into the world confident that God, by His love and grace, has and will provide for our daily needs.
  5. We go into the world confident that God will not give us what we in our sin deserve, but by His grace, has and will daily forgive us our sins for Christ’s sake, and will empower us to forgive the sins of those we live among.
  6. We go into the world confident that God will guard and preserve us from the devil’s daily attacks and from all evil; confident that one day He will bring us the promised victory in Jesus Christ.

We go into the world confident that “these petitions are acceptable to our [glorious and gracious] heavenly Father and are heard by Him; for He Himself has commanded us to pray in this manner and has promised to hear us. Amen, Amen, that is, Yes, Yes, it shall be so.”

Pastor Gideon

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