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Five Minutes a Day with Luther
Monday, December 2, 2019

Bible Passage:The Lord's Prayer

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

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This petition also humbles and lifts up: it manifests the ungodly and makes the godly.  For the Word of God at all times works both judgment and righteousness.  Judgment is nothing else than a man's knowing, judging, and condemning himself.  And righteousness is nothing else than a man's truly desiring and seeking (after having been thus brought to a knowledge of himself) the grace and help of God.  We see then, first, that we judge and condemn ourselves by our own words, and confess that we are disobedient unto God, and do not His will.  For if we are in that state that we did the good will of God, this petition would be given us in vain.  And since this prayer is to be used by us even unto the very end of our lives, it follows that we are found, even unto our death, to be transgressors of the divine will, for which we may justly, should God judge us according to the strictness of His judgment, be judged without morals and damned every moment of our life.  And secondly, we see what righteousness is that after we have in this manner deeply examined and judged ourselves, we should not despair on account of the judgment of God (which we find by this petition that we justly deserve) but rather flee to the grace of God and most firmly believe and trust in Him, that His will is to deliver us from disobedience and the transgression of His will.  For he is righteous before God who humbly acknowledges that his rebellion and transgression have merited the strictest judgment of God, and who on that account seeks grace with all his heart, and doubts not that he shall receive it.

Thy will be done on earth, O Lord,
As where in heaven Thou art adored!
Patience in time of grief bestow,
Obedience in weal and woe;
Our sinful flesh and blood control
That thwart Thy will within the soul.

aka Pastor Robin Fish

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him
and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

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