August 21, 2016

Posted on Aug 19 2016


The Lord’s Prayer

Martin Luther’s Small Catechism

The Fourth Petition

Give us this day our daily bread.

 What does this mean?

God gives daily bread, even without our prayer, to all people, though sinful, but we ask in this prayer that he will help us to realize this and to receive our daily bread with thanks.

What is meant by “daily bread”?

Daily bread includes everything needed for this life, such as food and clothing, home and property, work and income, a devoted family, an orderly community, good government, favorable weather, peace and health, a good name, and true friends and neighbors.


The Fifth Petition

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

 What does this mean?

We ask in this prayer that our Father in heaven would not hold our sins against us and because of them refuse to hear our prayer.  And we pray that he would give us everything by grace, for we sin every day and deserve nothing but punishment.  So we on our part will heartily forgive and gladly do good to those who sin against us.


The Sixth Petition

And lead us not into temptation.

 What does this mean?

God tempts no one to sin, but we ask in this prayer that God would watch over us and keep us so that the devil, the world, and our sinful self may not deceive us and draw us into false belief, despair, and other great and shameful sins.  And we pray that even though we are so tempted we may still win the final victory.