Prayer

A Devotion to Begin Your Week

PSALM 42 The 42nd psalm is a psalm of prayer in which the psalmist laments over his sorrow that God was angry with him and had afflicted him. Because of these he is mocked by the godless who taunt, “Where is your God now?” For the godless cannot restrain themselves; when they see that things(…)

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“The Promise From Which Prayer Flows,” an excerpt from Praying Luther’s Small Catechism

You, your family, and your church are invited to return to the riches of the Small Catechism. Beyond its purpose as a handbook and outline of Christian teachings, Luther’s Small Catechism is also a prayer book for every age. Not a textbook, a homework assignment, or a friend for children only. In his book, Praying(…)

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A Devotion and Prayer for Monday

Exhortation to Evening Prayer on Monday In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8 Gratitude is a beautiful grace, delightful to both God and people. Accordingly, believing Christians should always consider when the evening arrives that it is God who permitted them(…)

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Praying to God as Our Father

In his book Is God Listening?, Andrew Steinmann shows readers how God’s Word teaches us to construct our prayers so that they are centered on God’s promises. The following excerpt is from the chapter “When Prayer Becomes True Prayer,” in which Dr. Steinmann examines the words of the Lord’s Prayer.

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A Prayer for Monday

O loving and merciful God, with Your help I begin this new week. I do not know what will happen to me in the course of it. Much evil and misfortune can happen in a single day—how much more in a whole week! And so I come to You at the very beginning of the(…)

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Devotions for Pentecost

Yesterday the Church celebrated Pentecost, the fiftieth day after Easter Sunday when the Holy Spirit was outpoured on the disciples and many people came to faith in Christ. Posted below are the devotions for the day of Pentecost and the day after Pentecost from The Lord Will Answer, a devotional book arranged by the seasons(…)

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“He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows”

O loving and blessed Jesus, I come before You to meditate with true devotion of heart on Your bitter suffering. Lord, let Your woes, Your patience, inspire my heart with strength to vanquish every temptation and spurn every unworthy desire. This is what my heart would cherish most of all. What pain my soul’s redemption(…)

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Watchfulness

Lord Jesus, when You began Your bitter suffering for our sins amid great agony of soul, when Your soul was exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death, and drops of blood oozed from Your sacred brow, the eyes of Your disciples were heavy with sleep, so that You had to call to them: “Could you not watch(…)

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Gerhard on Prayer

A prolific writer, professor, and pastor, Johann Gerhard (1582–1637) is regarded as one of the greatest theologians and thinkers of his time. Meditations on Divine Mercy is a collection of prayers written by Johann Gerhard and now available for English readers to enjoy and appreciate. In addition to Gerhard’s prayers, the book also includes a(…)

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We’re Proud to Celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week

As we celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week this week, we encourage you to pray for our Lutheran schools, their students, and their teachers: Jesus, Savior and Good Shepherd, who has given Your life to save us, You have directed us to feed and tend Your lambs and sheep. Bless our Lutheran schools. Strengthen, equip, and encourage(…)

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