In his book Is God Listening?, Andrew Steinmann shows readers how God’s Word teaches us to construct our prayers so that they are centered on God’s promises. The following excerpt is from the chapter “When Prayer Becomes True Prayer,” in which Dr. Steinmann examines the words of the Lord’s Prayer.
For Martin Luther, God’s action in creation, redemption, sanctification, justification, and prayer are inseparably tied together, and all true prayer finds the seed around which it can crystallize in the Lord’s Prayer. Albrecht Peters’ Commentary on Luther’s Catechisms: Lord’s Prayer shows the development of Luther’s thoughts on the Lord’s Prayer and provides the needed context for Luther’s interpretation within that of the Western tradition.
The following excerpt explores Luther’s thoughts on the Second Petition of the Lord’s Prayer.