When we pray, Deliver us from evil, we tell ourselves to consider that we do not yet enjoy the good estate in which we experience no evil. And this petition, which comes last in the Lord’s Prayer, is so comprehensive that a Christian, regardless of the trial he finds himself in, […]
What does “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” mean?
When we pray,Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who trespass against us, we are reminded of both what we should ask, and what we should do in order to be worthy of receiving what we ask… If you would obtain […]
What does “give us this day our daily bread” mean?
When we pray, Give us this day our daily bread, the word this day, means this present time, in which we ask for all that makes up temporal blessings…and bread, means the sacrament of believers, which in this present time is necessary in order to obtain this felicity – not in the present time – but […]
When we say,“Thy kingdom come”– which indubitably shall come whether we desire it or not – we arouse our own desire for that kingdom by saying these words. We pray that it come to us, and we be deemed worthy to reign in it… The coming of […]
When praying hallowed be thy name, we remind ourselves to aspire to make God’s ever-holy name held as holy by all men. In other words, not scorned, which in any account is more an advantage for men than for God.