A Prayer After the Explanation of the Catechism

Gracious God and merciful Father, we thank you that you have established your covenant with the believers and their children. You have not only sealed this by holy baptism, but also show it daily by preparing praise to yourself out of the mouths of children and infants, whereby the wise and prudent of this world are put to shame. You reveal it also by teaching us your ways and will in Christ Jesus our Lord. You gave pastors and teachers to equip the saints for serving you so that the body of Christ may be built up. We implore you to continue to work in the hearts of all the children of the covenant, both old and young, in order that we all may grow in the knowledge of your grace in Christ until we reach complete maturity in him. May we, by your power, not be tossed back and forth by the waves and blown here and there by every wind of teaching. Bless our families and endow the parents by your Spirit with wisdom from above, that they may bring up their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. We pray for all teaching which is based on your holy Word, as we have summarized it in the confessions of the church. Be with all who labour in it and provide them with knowledge and wisdom which is rooted in the fear of your name. Put to shame those who are high and mighty in their own eyes and in the estimation of the world. May by the godliness of your people, the kingdom of Satan be destroyed and the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ in all your churches be strengthened, to the glory of your holy name and unto our salvation.

All this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ your Son. Amen.

(Or: … who taught us to pray, Our Father … )

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