Concordia Theological Monthly

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lord's prayer. pastor's prayer, theology, grace, luther, christian, judgment

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The pastor prays to the Father: "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." His privilege and duty is to understand the meaning of this petition and to convey it to his congregation. If he fails in this, he is incompetent; if he is incompetent, he should either acquire knowledge or return the shepherd's staff to Jesus. The knowledge of God's will is indispensable to faith and life. To attain this sufficiency, the faithful pastor strives earnestly to ascertain the meaning of this petition. That pastor was the devil's servant who said to an afflicted parishioner: "Don't worry about God's will. It is absolute and unsearchable. You cannot change it anyway." -To understand this prayer, simply pray it. Pray it as a child prays it to our Father. Let the Spirit interpret the meaning. - Our pastoral obligation is to declare unto our congregations all the counsel of God. Acts 20:27.


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Acts 20:27; Revelation 5:9-10; Ephesians 1:5, 9; Matthew 7:7-8; Genesis 18:23-32; Acts 12:5-10; Matthew 15:21-28; Matthew 8:2-3; Psalm 37:5; Matthew 6:6; Matthew 21:22; John 16:23; 1 John 5:14; Psalm 145:18-19;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars