Luther’s Small Catechism

by Dr. Martin Luther

Explanation of The Third Petition

Explanation of The Third Petition

The Third Petition

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Your will be done on earth as in heaven.

What does this mean?

The good and gracious will of God is done even without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may be done among us also.

How is God's will done?

God's will is done 

when He breaks and hinders every evil plan and purpose of the devil, the world, and our sinful nature, which do not want us to hallow God's name or let His kingdom come; 

and when He strengthens and keeps us firm in His Word and faith until we die. 

This is His good and gracious will.

The Central Thought

Christians have always encountered obstacles when bringing the Gospel to the world.

What obstacles do you see in the world today that hinder the spread of the Gospel or keep people from knowing Jesus?

Read Matthew 26:36--56...

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