“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.”
Our Father, who art in heaven.
God invites us to believe that He is truly our Father and we are truly His children, so that we will pray with trust and complete confidence, in the same way beloved children approach their beloved Father with their requests.
Hallowed by Thy name.
God’s name is holy in and of itself, but we pray that He will make it holy among us, too.
This happens when God’s Word is taught clearly and purely, and when we live holy lives as God's children based upon it. But anyone who teaches and lives by something other than God’s Word defiles God’s name among us.
Thy kingdom come.
Truly God’s Kingdom comes by itself, without our prayer. But we pray that it come to us as well.
This happens when the Heavenly Father gives us His Holy Spirit, so that we believe His holy Word by His grace and live godly lives here in this age and there in eternal life.
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Truly, God’s good and gracious will is accomplished without our prayer. But we pray that is accomplished among us as well.
This happens when God destroys and interferes with every evil will and all evil advice, which will not allow God’s Kingdom to come, such as the Devil’s will, the world’s will and will of our bodily desires; and when God strengthens us by faith and by His Word and keeps us living by them faithfully until the end of our lives. This is His will, good and full of grace.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Truly, God gives daily bread even without our prayer, even to evil people. But we pray that He will help us realize this and receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.
Daily bread means everything that nourishes our body and meets its needs, such as: Food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, yard, fields, cattle, money, possessions, a devout spouse, devout children, devout employees, devout and faithful rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, discipline, honor, good friends, faithful neighbors and other things like these.
Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
We pray that our Heavenly Father will neither pay attention to our sins nor refuse requests such as these because of our sins and because we are neither worthy nor deserve the things for which we pray. Yet He wants to give them all to us by His grace, because many times each day we sin and truly deserve only punishment.
Because God does this, we will, of course, want to forgive from our hearts and willingly do good to those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation.
God tempts no one, of course, but we pray that God will protect us and save us, so that the Devil, the world and our bodily desires will neither deceive us nor seduce us into heresy, despair or other serious shame or vice, and so that we will win and be victorious in the end, even if they attack us.
Deliver us from evil.
We pray that our Father in Heaven will save us from every kind of evil that threatens body, soul, property and honor. We pray that when at last our final hour has come, He will grant us a blessed death, and, in His grace, bring us to Himself from this valley of tears.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
I should be certain that such prayers are acceptable to the Father in Heaven and will be granted, that He Himself has commanded us to pray in this way and that He promises to answer us. Amen. Amen. This means: Yes, yes it will happen this way.