The Divine Service – The Lord’s Prayer

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A number of weeks ago, we contemplated the Sanctus, the hymn we sing with the saints and angels in heaven as well as the saints still struggling and seeking the Lord’s salvation here on earth. It is a hymn of triumph amidst the daily/hourly battles we fight against the temptations and influences of this world, the devil, and our own sinful flesh and its desires. This week we will contemplate the Lord’s Prayer, a prayer spoken by those still struggling in this world, as we approach the Lord’s Supper, seeking God’s deliverance.

Our Father, who art in heaven. As an adopted child through Baptism, you have the privilege to speak to God and ask for His goodness.

Hallowed be Thy name. As Martin Luther explained this petition, His name is holy by itself, but we ask that it be kept holy among us. This is done by teaching His Word correctly (including administering His sacraments properly) and living a life according to that Word. Because of our sin, we cannot do this, but through the Lord’s Supper, He gives us the body and blood of Jesus which purchased our forgiveness, and thus sanctifies our lives.

Thy kingdom come. His kingdom of grace comes to us as we partake of this holy food by which forgiveness comes. This prepares us as well for His kingdom of glory when Christ will return on the Last Day.

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. God’s will is to forgive our sins, to strengthen us to do His will, which includes fighting against the temptations in this world. These things He does through the Lord’s Supper.

Give us this day our daily bread. While a morsel of bread and a sip of wine won’t ordinarily satisfy an empty stomach, we also hear God’s Word when He says, “Man does not live on bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 8:3) We trust that, if He would sacrifice His own Son and give us this meal, then He will provide everything else we need in this life, as it be His will.

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. How many people struggle with forgiving those who have offended them? In this Supper, God gives us His forgiveness, full and free (to us), which is the power source for our forgiving those who offend us. So we ask in this petition for strength to forgive, full and free.

And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. God certainly tempts no one to sin, but we ask Him to strengthen us against temptation (because we cannot keep ourselves from it) and that when we do fall, that He deliver us from our sin through forgiveness. Again, these are the benefits we receive in the Lord’s Supper.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. How can such eating and drinking do such great things? It is not the eating and drinking that does it, but the words here written, “Given and shed for you for the remission of sins.” God’s Word does what it says, as it did when He created the world. As we conclude the Lord’s Prayer, we attribute to Him the power and glory to do as He has promised, no matter how impossible or unreasonable it seems to us.

Amen. That is, Yes, Yes, it shall be so.

Rev. Gullixson is the pastor at Our Savior Lutheran Church at 162 Sneden Street. The Divine Service begins at 9:30 AM every Sunday. To speak with Pastor Gullixson, please call (760) 873-6589.