Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.


Our Father, who art in heaven.

With these words God would tenderly urge us to believe that He is truly our Father, and that we are truly His children, so that we may ask Him confidently with all assurance, as dear children ask their dear father.

Hallowed by Thy name.

God's name is indeed holy in itself; but we pray in this petition that it may become holy among us also.

God’s name is kept holy when the Word of God is taught in its truth and purity, and we as the children of God also lead holy lives in accordance with it. But anyone who teaches and lives otherwise than God's Word teaches profanes the name of God among us.

Thy kingdom come.

The kingdom of God comes indeed without our prayer, of itself; but we pray in this petition that it may come to us also.

God’s kingdom comes when our heavenly Father gives us His Holy Spirit, so that by His grace we believe His holy Word and lead a godly life here in time and there in eternity.

Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

The good and gracious will of God is done indeed without our prayer; but we pray in this petition that it may be done among us also.

God’s will is done when He breaks and hinders every evil counsel and will which would not let us hallow His name nor let His kingdom come, such as the will of the devil, the world, and our flesh; but strengthens and keeps us steadfast in His Word and in faith to our end. This is His gracious and good will.

Give us this day our daily bread.

God gives daily bread, without our prayer, even to those who are evil; but we pray in this petition that He would lead us to know it, and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.

Daily bread includes everything that belongs to the support and needs of the body, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home, field, cattle, money, goods, a faithful spouse, faithful children, faithful workers, pious and faithful leaders, good government, good weather, peace, health, discipline, honor, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like.

Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

We pray in this petition that our Father in heaven would not look upon our sins, nor deny such petitions on account of them; for we are worthy of none of the things for which we pray, neither have we deserved them; but that He would grant them all to us by grace; for we daily sin much, and indeed deserve nothing but punishment. So will we truly, on our part, also heartily forgive and also readily do good to those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation.

God, indeed, tempts no one; but we pray in this petition that God would guard and keep us, so that the devil, the world, and our flesh may not deceive us, nor seduce us into misbelief, despair, and other great shame and vice; and though we be assailed by them, that still we may finally overcome and gain the victory.

Deliver us from evil.

We pray in this petition, as in a summary, that our Father in heaven would deliver us from all manner of evil, of body and soul, property and honor, and at last, when our last hour shall come, grant us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this vale of tears to Himself into heaven.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

This means that I should be certain that these petitions are acceptable to our Father in heaven and heard; for He Himself has commanded us so to pray, and has promised that He will hear us. Amen, Amen; that is, Yes, yes, it shall be so.