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We, Not Me

August 27, 2018
By Martin Luther

May all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You! May those who love Your salvation say evermore, "God is great!"

PSALM 70:4

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We, Not Me

The Lord is magnified by regarding His blessings as great. Second, by fearing His great wrath, that thus He might be grandly loved and grandly feared. And in these two things we must make progress without end. Therefore he says, "Let the Lord always be magnified." Third, by asking great and many things from Him. Therefore in praying no one should pray for himself alone or of himself alone, nor should he pray for some one gift, but prayer should be made for all that is good and for all men. Otherwise it would mean to narrow His goodness and enclose it for one man. Hence He taught us to pray, "Forgive us our sins" (Matthew 6:12). He says "us," which means all, and all things, which are nevertheless countless and exceedingly great. Therefore no one should pray only for himself.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 70 (Luther's Works 10:393-94)

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