Monday, May 5, 2008
The Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article V Love and Fulfilling the Law (paragraphs 209-210)--Philip Melanchthon
"...all confidence is empty, except confidence in mercy. Mercy delivers us; our own merits, our own efforts, do not. So Daniel also prays:
For we do not present our pleas before You because of our righteousness, but because of Your great mercy. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for Your own sake, O my God, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name. (Daniel 9:18-19).
So Daniel teaches us in praying to seize mercy, that is, to trust in God's mercy and not to trust in our own merits before God."