Last week, we started on Martin Luther's teaching on prayer, based on his letter to his good friend and barber, Peter Beskendorf. We will continue with a series of meditations on the Lord's Prayer on the second petition.
The Second Petition - "Thy kingdom come."
Say: "O dear Lord, God and Father, thou seest how
worldly wisdom and reason not only profane thy name and ascribe the honor due to thee to lies and to
the devil, but how they also take the power, might, wealth and glory which thou hast given them on
earth for ruling the world and thus serving thee, and use it in their own ambition to oppose thy kingdom.
They are many and mighty; they plague and hinder the tiny flock of thy kingdom who are weak,
despised, and few. They will not tolerate thy flock on earth and think that by plaguing them they render
a great and godly service to thee.
Dear Lord, God and Father, convert them and defend us. Convert
those who are still to become children and members of thy kingdom so that they with us and we with
them may serve thee in thy kingdom in true faith and unfeigned love and that from thy kingdom which
has begun, we may enter into thy eternal kingdom.
Defend us against those who will not turn away
their might and power from the destruction of thy kingdom so that when they are east down from their
thrones and humbled, they will have to cease from their efforts. Amen."