From the Word: And they all ate and were filled. And they collected seven baskets full of the broken pieces remaining. (Matthew 15:37)
From the Confessions: The Large Catechism, Preface
The Prayer, or “Our Father,” that Christ Taught
Our Father who art in heaven.
1. Hallowed be Thy name.
2. Thy kingdom come.
3. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
4. Give us this day our daily bread.
5. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
6. And lead us not into temptation.
7. But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Pulling It Together: God wants us to ask him for all good things. In other words, he wants us to ask him for those things that he knows are best for us. So, being the knowing child of the Father, God’s Son teaches us how to pray for those things the Father wants us to have from his hand. And so praying, we will be satisfied. All who would be his followers must learn this simple lesson. Ask of God what he wishes to give. Desiring beyond this, risks breaking the commandments.
Prayer: Give me this day, Lord, all you know I need. Amen.
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