August 9, 2022     3:50 pm
260. Week of Tenth Sunday after Trinity - Sunday
Lord, teach us to pray
          Lord, teach us to pray.   Luke 11:1
          We want to learn to pray. And God will teach us in His Word. - Prayer is an act of worship performed by the children of God. When God's children pray, they approach their heavenly Father, and speak to Him, talk with Him, and bring their petitions before Him, and offer up praise and thanks to Him. Prayer is offered both with our hearts and our lips. Prayer is the word of the mouth and the meditation of the heart. (Ps. 19:14) To speak with the mouth only, while being unheedful of the words spoken, is babbling, and not prayer.- God hears prayer. He hears even the faintest sigh of the heart. "Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear." (Ps. 10:17) Indeed, what does God say? He says: "It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer and while they are yet speaking I will hear." (Is. 65:24) God hears and answers our prayer in advance. And never think, my dear Christian, that God desires you to make many words and to use a very fine language. The Saviour says: "When you pray, do not use vain repetitions, as the heathen do; for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Therefore don't you be like them; for your Father knows what things you need before you ask Him." (Matt. 6:7,8) We are God's children, and we are merely little children, however old we may be. So let us speak to our Father just as little children do. The simpler, the more childlike we address Him, the better He likes it. Every Christian can pray, no matter how uneducated he may be; and the learned must forget his learning when he prays.
          PRAYER: - Dear Heavenly Father, great God, I thank You that through Jesus Christ I am Your child, and dare pray to You, and tell You all, take all my complaints and my petitions to You in prayer. And You will most graciously hear me, being as kind to me as a father to his child. Dear Father in heaven, grant me Your Holy Spirit, that He may open my lips and my heart, so that at all times I may come to You and pray to You, O great Fount of all grace. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 9, 2022     3:50 pm