The Lord’s Prayer - Introduction
Our Father who art in heaven.
What does this mean?
Answer - God would thereby [with this little introduction] tenderly urge us to believe that He is our true Father, and that we are His true children, so that we may ask Him confidently with all assurance, as dear children ask their dear father.
Prayer is an act of worship where we bring our petitions before God with our hearts and lips and offer to Him our praise and thanksgiving. In prayer, we uphold one another, taking our needs burdens joys and sorrows to the throne room of grace and we’re thankful, as the Savior answers each petition.
When we pray, we should always remember to whom we are speaking. We are addressing God. We should never repeat prayers thoughtlessly, but rather think of what we are doing and mean what we are saying. The value of prayer is not in the length and number, nor in correct speech. It is important to pray from the heart, earnestly and sincerely. Prayers may be brief, but they need to be both strong and fervent.
Almighty God, since You have granted us the favor to call on You with one accord and have promised that where two or three are gathered together in Your name You are in the midst of them, fulfill now the prayers of Your servants, granting us in this world knowledge of Your truth and in the world to come life everlasting; through Jesus Christ, our Lord
Collect For an answer to prayer, Lutheran Worship © 1980 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
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