Prayer is a necessary part of the Christian life. For even though we now know what we must do (Ten Commandments) and what we must believe (Apostles’ Creed), the fact remains that the devil, the world, and our own sinful nature are constantly at war with us. Therefore “we must pray that God would give, preserve, and increase the faith in us and the fulfillment of the Ten Commandments” (LC, Intro to Lord’s Prayer). To that end, our Lord Jesus gives to his church the most concise and complete prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer consists of seven petitions with an introduction and conclusion. Having been baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and thus made children of God, we now confidently call upon the name of our Father knowing he will hear us. We pray that as we go throughout our daily lives, his name is kept holy by speaking rightly about him and faithfully living according to his Word. We pray that his kingdom, that is Jesus Christ our Lord, would come to us here in time, through Word and Sacrament, to forgive our sins and strengthen our faith, and then on the last day to take us to be with him. We pray that the Lord would come to break and hinder the plans of the devil, the world, and our own sinful flesh, so that the Word of Christ may be faithfully preached, taught, and lived, and consequently all people believe in him. We pray that the Lord would continue to give us all that we need to support this body and life, and that recognizing this, we continually return thanks and praise. We pray that we daily see our detestable sin, confess that sin, receive the forgiveness of sins that is ours in Jesus Christ alone, and that we continue to forgive others who sin against us. As the Lord has forgiven us, so also we must forgive. (Col. 3:13) We pray that as the devil, the world, and our own sinful flesh tempt us into sin and unbelief, God would be with us, guard and keep us, and finally give us the victory over these enemies. And while there remains evil that surrounds us, we pray that God, our very present help in times of trouble, would not only deliver us from all the evil things we face on a daily basis, but also that he would deliver us from the evil one, the devil and his assaults. “Amen” we confidently conclude, because we know that “God is for us, not against us. He did not spare his own son, but gave him up for us all. How will he not also graciously give us” (Rom. 8:32.) all that he has promised.
God has spoken his Word of Promise to us. His Word is certain and true. He has spoken and he will do it! Of this we can be certain. “Amen.”