Posted by: St. Mark Lutheran Church | January 30, 2010

Quotes from Concord — Thy will be done

Luther writes in the Large Catechism on the third petition:

“Such prayer, then, is to be our protection and defense now.  It is to repel and put down all that the devil, pope, bishops, tyrants, and heretics can do against our Gospel.  Let them all rage and attempt their utmost and deliberate and resolve how they may suppress and exterminate us, so that their will and counsel may prevail.  Over and against this one or two Christians with this petition alone shall be our wall, against which they shall run and dash themselves to pieces.  We have this comfort and confidence:  the devil’s will and purpose and all our enemies shall and must fail and come to nothing, no matter how proud, secure, and powerful they know themselves to be.  For if their will were not broken and hindered, God’s kingdom could not remain on earth nor His name be hallowed.”

— Large Catechism, Part III: Lord’s Prayer, paragraphs 69-70 (Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, A Reader’s Edition).


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