August 9, 2022     3:45 pm
269. Week of Eleventh Sunday after Trinity - Tuesday
Our Father who art in heaven
          Our Father who art in heaven.   Mathew 6:9
          The Lord's Prayer is the best prayer there is, for it has been taught to us by Jesus Himself. And Christ instructs us to address God by the name "Father": "Our Father who art in heaven." And what Jesus teaches God teaches. And God would by these words tenderly invite us to believe that He is our true Father, and that we are His true children so that we may with all boldness and confidence ask Him as dear children ask their dear father. "Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God!" (1John 3:1) The Father did this through Jesus Christ and for the sake of Jesus Christ, who is our Atoner. And He has given us poor sinners His Holy Spirit, who draws us to Him. And we have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, as though we were still under the Law that damns us, but we have received the Spirit of adoption whereby we cry: "Abba, Father!" (Rom. 8:15) Now what more do you want, or what more do you wait for, seeing that the most holy God Himself, the entire blessed Trinity, is so lovingly condescending to you; inviting and entreating you to pray? God desires to be your dear Father, and you are to be His dear child, and you must rely upon Him and ask Him for all things. Now, do not hesitate! Fall to! Take freely! Do not be timid! God knows that you are a sinner. And still He would have you call Him Father. So, then, be His child! And if you lack anything that a child of God ought to have, then do not stand back shyly on that account, but hasten to your heavenly Father, and ask Him to give it to you. With your own power, to be sure, you can never acquire it. God must give it, and He will give it.
          PRAYER: - O God, how gracious You are! You will be my dear Father, and I am to be your dear child. And with all boldness and confidence I am to ask You for everything. So, here I am, O Lord! But always encourage me again, dear Lord, that I may ask You for every truly good thing in the name of Jesus Christ. Always draw me into Your fatherly embrace through Your Holy Spirit! Amen.

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