Invitatory: Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;
and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Is 55.1
Morning prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, you walked the way of the cross as the obedient servant of God. Open our ears and teach us by your Spirit, that we may not rebel but walk in the obedience of disciples who have learned from you, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, now and forever. Amen. [John W. Doberstein, Minister’s Prayer Book, Fortress Press, Philadelphia, 1986 p.82]
Bible reading for the day: Philippians 4.6-7
“The Lord is at hand; 6do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Prayer (based on TRIP** method): Gracious and almighty Father, thank for being at the same time far above us in righteousness and wisdom, and yet right at hand for us in Christ. Repent me and my congregation of all anxiety… for anxiety is a clear sign that we are not talking to and listening to you. Break into our preoccupied souls and teach us to pray to you in everything… so that you peace will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. I ask this in his name, amen.
“Our Father, who art in heaven…
What does this mean?
God encourages us to believe that he is truly our Father, and that we are truly his children, so we may boldly and confidently pray to him, just as beloved children speak to their dear father. (from The Small Catechism, by Martin Luther ©Reclaim Resources, Sola Publishing, 2011)
hymn: follow this link to a beloved, classic hymn that gives further voice to today's conversation with the Lord: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5ApbIcYtcI
Benediction: Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word. Amen. II Thess 2.16-17
*There are many patterns for devotions. This pattern has been followed by God’s people for centuries.
**The T.R.I.P. approach to prayer is based on the way Martin Luther prayed and taught others to pray. It was later developed by Walter and Ingrid Trobisch and then adapted by Mount Carmel Ministries (Alexandria, MN www.dailytext.com). The method is founded on scripture and easy to remember:
R: regret (repentance)
I: intercession (asking God to take a specific action)
P: plan or purpose
Reading a biblical text and then applying this method gives one a sound, simple way to form one’s prayers...not to mention that it helps one learn how to faithfully reflect on God’s Word and talk to God.