Herman Witsius on “Thy Will Be Done”

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

witsius_hermanA series of dissertations on the Lord’s Prayer, authored by Herman Witsius, has been published and makes for excellent reading.  Unlike many in the 16th & 17th centuries, Witsius is both clear and concise in what he writes.  While you may not appreciate his fashion sense, you would surely benefit from picking up this work.  Here is his closing exhortation in the chapter on the third petition of the Lord’s Prayer, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven:

let us offer our frequent and earnest prayers, that he may free our will from the bondage of depraved lusts, – may deliver our mind from unsound prejudices, and enlighten it by his Holy Spirit, – may enable us to perceive the folly and perverseness of our will and the supreme wisdom and justice of the will of God, – may fill us with such reverence for his Majesty as shall prevent us from opposing his decrees and disobeying his laws, – and may dispose us, by “his free Spirit,” (Ps. 51:12) to yield a ready and cheerful obedience to all his commandments.

May God’s name be hallowed as His kingdom spreads and sinners submit to His will.