Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The Lord's Prayer, Chapter 1 An Introduction (Words arouse our devotion)--Martin Chemnitz
"It is only rashness and impiety that disdains either the shortness or the simplicity of the Lord's Prayer as though you yourself could find or compose a better pattern of prayer. Yet the recitation of the Lord's Prayer must not be vain mumbling, as though the words uttered without understanding had some magical force. We must consider what the words signify. We must remind ourselves of how far they reach and how many things they contain so that we may pray with the spirit and with the mind (1 Cor. 14:15). In these petitions we include our wants. By these means, as it has been said, these words will arouse our devotion."