It hardly seems necessary to introduce Martin Luther, the famous German reformer, theologian, pastor, and inventor of many fabulous insults. So I’ll just say that tomorrow is the anniversary of his death (February 18, 1546). And in honor of his amazing life, here is one of the prayers that he wrote reflecting on the Lord’s prayer.
O Father, it is indeed true that we cannot be strong by our own power. How can we stand before your might if you do not yourself strengthen and comfort us? Therefore, dear Father, embrace us, accomplish your will in us, that we may be your kingdom to your praise and glory. But, dear Father, strengthen us in this life with your holy word. Give us our daily bread. Establish in our hearts your dear Son Jesus Christ who is the true bread of heaven. Sustained by him, we may gladly bear and suffer the breaking and the dying of our own will and the fulfilling of your will. Give grace to all your churches. Send us educated pastors and preachers who will not give us the crumbs and chaff of foolish fables, but who will teach us your holy gospel and lead us to Jesus Christ.