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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Small Catechism – part 191

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From the Word: And [Abram] believed in the Lord, and he accounted it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:6)

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism

The Conclusion

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

What does this mean?

It means that I should be certain that such petitions are acceptable to our heavenly Father and are heard by him, for he himself has commanded us to pray in this manner and has promised to hear us. So we pray with confidence: “Amen,” meaning, “Yes, it shall be so.”

Pulling It Together: Do we give up in our praying? Or do we persist and see the Lord’s will displayed in power and glory? Abram prayed and prayed, his petitions buttressed by Sarai’s pleas to the Lord for a child. In Abram’s and Sarai’s old age, God would finally answer their prayers, but now the answer seems unbelievable. How would two very elderly people have a child? This is often the moment of God’s glory: the time when he does the impossible in our lives. Will we believe? Will we add the “Amen” with confidence?

Prayer: Help me to pray to you, Lord, with faith. Amen.

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