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Monday of Lent 3

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” — Matthew 6:10

The fourth stanza of Martin Luther’s catechetical hymn for the Lord’s Prayer, “Our Father, Who from Heaven Above,” is more helpfully and comfortingly rendered in The Lutheran Hymnal (458). There, the end of the first line prays that God, “Obedience in our weal and woe and patience in all grief bestow.” A stark line is drawn here between the theology of glory and the theology of the cross. The theology of glory teaches its followers, in part, to tease out God’s will for their lives through perceived blessings of material wealth, physical health, so-called inner peace, and

a variety of earthly means. The biblical theology of the cross, however, teaches that, regardless of the cares and worries of this life, in Christ’s passion, death all of the promises of God are “yes!” and “Amen!” It is through the cross that we know God’s will for our lives and are granted hope for life everlasting.

We learn through the third petition of the Lord’s Prayer and are reminded

in the fourth stanza of “Our Father, Who from Heaven Above,” that God’s will for our lives in this world isn’t always for rainbows and roses. There are crosses to bear. Extraordinary patience from the Lord Himself is required in times

of grief, want, and plenty. The devil, the world, and our sinful flesh do not want the Word of the Lord to have free course, so we pray that the will of God be done among us that this may be so.

Dear Father in Heaven, throughout our days of pilgrimage in this life, grant us patience and peace through Your Word, and keep us in the true faith until we die. Amen.

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