June 28

Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

After having denounced showy and meaningless prayers, Christ introduced a splendid short prayer of his own.  With it, he instructed us on how to pray and what we should pray for.  He gave us a prayer that touches on a variety of needs. By themselves, these needs should compel us to approach God daily with these few, easily remembered words.  None of us can excuse ourselves by saying we don’t know how to pray or what to pray for.

Praying the Lord’s Prayer every day is certainly a worthwhile habit, especially for ordinary people and children.  We can pray it in the morning, in the evening, and at the dinner table—at any time for that matter.  As we pray this prayer together, we bring our needs before God.

As has been said many times before, the Lord’s Prayer is the finest prayer that anyone could have ever thought up or that was ever sent from heaven.  Because God the Father gave his Son the words for the prayer and sent him to introduce it, we know beyond a doubt that this prayer pleases the Father immensely.

Right at the beginning of the prayer, with the words “Our Father,” Jesus reminds us of what God demands and promises.  God insists that we give him the respect, honor, and reverences he deserves, just as earthly fathers expect this from their children.  Also, God the Father wants us to trust that he will meet our needs.  We are overjoyed to be his children through Christ.  And so, because we trust that he will give us what he promised, we can pray to him with confidence in the name of Christ our Lord.

Martin Luther, Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional

Edited by James C. Galvin

Timeless insights from one of the most important people in church history. Resounding across the centuries, Martin Luther’s prolific writings as a pastor, theologian, scholar, Bible translator, father, and more, remain powerful and richly relevant. Faith Alone is a treasury of accessible devotionals taken from Luther’s best writings and sermons from the years 1513 through 1546. This carefully updated translation retains the meaning, tone, and imagery of Luther’s works such as this gem:

Some people value good works so much that they overlook faith in Christ. Faith should be first. It is faith—without good works and prior to good works—that takes us to heaven. We come to God through faith alone. —Martin Luther

Through daily readings, Luther’s straightforward approach challenges you to a more thoughtful faith. Read one brief section a day or explore themes using the subject index in the back of the book. Faith Alone will deepen your understanding of Scripture and help you more fully appreciate the mystery of faith.

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