Sermon Thirty-Five: Bread is given us for others, on account of others, and with others, especially the indigent
“On the Lord’s Prayer”
“Our Father.” There are some matters we should note before considering the Lord’s Prayer. First, that we tend to be lazy regarding the things of God and therefore we are first exhorted to ask and pray. Second, God commits us to his love, for when we are still a long way off, he calls us back and attracts us. God’s love is so good that it is necessary that he give of himself. It should be noted that nothing temporal is asked for from God in this prayer. This is true, because the Lord’s Prayer itself does not contain anything of this sort. Besides, how could we ask him for the very thing which he everywhere teaches us to hold in contempt? It is not appropriate for God, who is eternal, to give things of such a temporal nature. Temporal things are not asked for because, in comparison with eternal things, they are nothing, and to pray for nothing is not to pray.