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August 14, 2020
272. Week of Eleventh Sunday after Trinity - Friday
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
          Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.   Mathew 6:10
          God's will toward us is a good and gracious will. God wants us to be His dear children and to obtain life everlasting. He wants us to live in His kingdom here in time and thereafter in eternity and therefore to embrace Christ in true faith. Against this good and gracious will the evil counsel and will of the devil, the world, and our flesh rises in revolt. This evil counsel and will does not want us to hallow God's name, nor does it want to let God's kingdom come. We should therefore cry and pray: Thy will be done on earth, O Lord, as it is in heaven! In heaven no evil revolts against God's good will. Hence we pray in this petition that God would break and hinder every evil counsel and will, and strengthen us and preserve us steadfast in His Word and in true faith to our end. We beseech the almighty and faithful God and Father to come to our aid and oppose the devil, the world, and our flesh for us, so that despite their enmity we may remain His children and obtain eternal salvation. How necessary is this petition! And God will grant it, most certainly. He has promised to strengthen and preserve us steadfast in His Word and in true faith to our end. He has said to us: "You are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation." (1Pet. 1:5) And what is more, He has Himself commanded us to pray thus. - My dear Christian, when viewing the matter rightly, you must realize that your most dangerous enemy is your own depraved flesh. And when God breaks and hinders its evil counsel and will, it will hurt you, and you will be in tribulation. But be joyful then and patient, knowing that God is fulfilling His grand and gracious will in you; and say: "Thy will be done."
          PRAYER: - Dear Heavenly Father, faithful God, I pray You, by all means accomplish Your good and gracious will in me, and break and hinder the evil and contrary will of the devil, the world, and my own flesh. And give me, O Father, Your Holy Spirit, that at all times I may resign myself to this Your will, that in all eternity I may praise and glorify You, O Father, for Your great faithfulness. Amen.

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