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Luther on the Greatest Prayer

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Our Father, who art in heaven,
     hallowed by thy name,
     thy kingdom come,
     thy will be done,
     on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
. . .

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February 28, 2019

"Thy will be done..."

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"Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven..."

You may say, “Well, did God not endow us with a free will?” I reply: To be sure, he gave you a free will. But why do you want to make it your own will? Why not let it remain free? If you do with it whatever you will, it is not a free will, but your own will. God did not . . .

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February 14, 2019

prayer to be used by God

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O Lord, I give myself to Thee, I trust Thee wholly. Thou are wiser than I--more loving to me than I myself. Deign to fulfill Thy high purposes in me whatever they be--work in and through me. I am born to serve Thee, to be Thine, to be Thy instrument. Let me be Thy blind instrument. I ask not to see--I ask not to know--I ask . . .

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January 30, 2019

prayer on Thanksgiving day

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Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and His mercy endures forever. Lord God, heavenly Father, You have created me and endowed me with all that I am or have as a pure gift of Your "fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me." You sustain me from day to day with the gifts of daily . . .

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November 22, 2018

Anselm's prayer for love and friends

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O blessed Lord and Savior, who has commanded us to love one another, grant us grace that, having received your undeserved bounty, we may love every man in you and for you. We implore your clemency for all; but especially for the friends whom your love has given to us. Love them, O Fountain of Love, and make them to love you . . .

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October 31, 2018

family bible reading plans

getting started with family worship and devotionals

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Last week I wrote about establishing the practice of family worship and devotionals. There I encouraged the practice of daily scripture reading in our families. That suggestion begs the question of where to start? For those desiring to create the habit of daily bible reading, deciding where to begin and how to proceed can be . . .

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October 30, 2018

on family worship and devotionals

creating a new habit in your home

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One of the most important yet most difficult spiritual disciplines we have put into practice in our family is consistent time for family worship and devotions.

This practice is one of the most important because it is our calling and privilege as parents to pass along the faith to our children. Martin Luther understood this well . . .

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October 23, 2018

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