Verse for the week: Behold, the
is among you. Luke
Prayer for the week: “Lord, you have promised to grant what we pray in the name of your Son. Teach us to pray aright and to laud and praise you with all your saints in the fullness of life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” (K.B. Ritter, Gebete fur das jahr der Kirched, 2nd ed. Kassel: Barenreiter Verlag, 1948, p. 152).
Bible reading for the day: Ephesians 3.14-21
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Prayer (based on T.R.I.P. method**): Gracious and almighty Father, thank you for naming my family yours. Repent me and every father and mother of rooting our families anywhere other than in Christ. Work your power in my household and congregation, that in your church we may know the breadth and length and height and depth of Christ’s love… and may help more families know the same; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Hymn: follow this link to a beloved classic which gives further voice to today’s conversation with the Lord; sing along: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MimsQtU-ccQ
The Fourth Commandment
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
What does this mean?
We should fear and love God so that we do not show contempt for our parents and others in authority, nor provoke them to anger, but respect, obey, serve, love, and honor them.
“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)
Benediction: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen. II Cor 13.14
 Or fatherhood; the Greek word patria is closely related to the word for Father (patera)in verse 14
*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 (
www.dailytext.com). The method is founded on scripture and easy
to remember: T:
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.