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Friday, August 31, 2012, Devotion

Therefore many of the Jews who came to Mary, and saw what He had done, believed in Him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them the things which Jesus had done. (John 11:45, 46)

Do you notice how God gets into trouble with the world’s authorities because He isn’t doing things the way they think He should do them? This has always been the case. People think they can define God and limit Him to their way of thinking. We are not dealing with the god of our imagination, but with the God of the universe who is in control of all things.

Lord, keep me from running off and seeking others’ approval for what You are doing and to what you are calling me. Instead, help me follow Your lead and do what You command. Grant that I would learn obedience and flee from this world’s acceptance. Help me be faithful to You, for You are the One who will stand before me and judge all things. May I grow in faithfulness to You and the way in which You lead.

Guide me this day in Your ways, O Lord, that I may walk the path You have laid out before me. Grant today that I would live according to Your Word. Lead me in faithfully discharging what You give me to do this day that all I do will be used according to Your will. May the thoughts of my mind and the actions I do this day be committed to Your glory. Amen.

Thursday, August 30, 2012, Devotion

The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”
(John 11:44)

With God, all things are possible. Do you believe this? Even death is under the authority of Jesus. Through Him all things came into being and in Him all things have life. Therefore, even this thing we call death is not the final answer. Jesus is the final answer. Jesus will one day call all the dead forth into eternity. This singular passage of Scripture tells us to not be afraid of death, but to realize that we have the opportunity to know the One who has power over all things.

Lord, help me move away from my worldly thinking and those things that cause me to be afraid of what I should never be afraid. Help me see that You have already conquered sin, death, and the devil and that in following You, I have nothing to fear. Lead me into a life that is bold and on the other side of death in my thinking, in order to be effective in living this life of faith that You have given me.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for showing the world who You are. Grant today that I would live in the reality of what You have shown, knowing that You are the author and finisher of my faith. Send me into the world to bear witness to the love You show to all people, that Your love would show through me as an invitation for others to join where You are leading the way. Amen.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Devotion

When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.” (John 11:43)

Listen carefully to these words of Jesus, for one day, you too will hear Jesus speak these words to you. That final day will come and you will be called by our Lord and Master to come forth before Him. This is the hope and promise for us all. He has given us a foretaste of the power and authority He has by speaking this for our benefit beforehand that we would believe that He has been sent by the Father to rescue those who are being saved.

Lord, help me to wonder and ponder over the authority and power You have. Even death cannot hold a grip against Your authority. Help me, I pray, to see with eyes of faith the hope and promise You hold out before me, knowing that all authority has been given to You. Help me long for that day when I too will hear Your voice calling me out to be with You eternally.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for humbly yet powerfully living a life amongst us. Help me not be enamored with those things with which the world is impressed but instead, see the truth that Youwho created all things stands before me beckoning me to live a life looking to You. Help me learn to live that life, knowing that all things are ultimately in Your hands. Amen.

Plan prayers for September Sundays!

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Lutheran CORE is now offering Prayers of the Church as a complete download for each month. Not only will you be able to find the prayers on the site’s front page prayer section, but each week will include the whole month’s prayers as a Rich Text Format (RTF) download to facilitate your worship planning. We are grateful to all the pastors and lay people who compose the prayers each week, and we pray you find them useful for ministry in Christ’s name.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012, Devotion

“I knew that You always hear Me, but because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me.” (John 11:42)

Throughout Scripture, things are said for our benefit. Jesus was intentional about what He wanted us to hear. We do well to pay attention to what Jesus wants us to hear. What does Jesus say? “I knew You always hear me.” God the Father always hears us. When you pray, know that God the Father always hears you. What does God the Father want you to know? That Jesus was sent to you.

Lord, sometimes I make the faith so difficult when it really is so simple. Help me start with receiving the message You have given. Jesus was sent for me and as many as would believe in the salvation He came to bring. Help me believe that You are always listening and that Jesus has come to rescue me from the lost world of sin, death, and the devil. Through faith, help me to live a life of believing in the Truth that has already been revealed.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for always being deliberate about heavenly things that we are able to understand. Help me today to live as one who believes, knowing that the Father hears my every prayer. Lead me to be bold in proclamation that others may have the opportunity to believe as You have given me the opportunity. May all I do today be to the Father’s glory. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH, Pentecost 14 (September 2, 2012)

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PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH, Pentecost 14 (September 2, 2012)

A ministry of the Lutheran Coalition for Renewal

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Download prayers for the entire month of September in RTF Format.

 

A         Together let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

a brief silence

A         Dear God, we thank you for all that you do, since we know that every good gift comes from you — especially the perfect gift, your Son Jesus Christ. Help us to appreciate everything we receive and have, from the awesome to the simple, and to recognize your loving presence in everything around us. Lord, plant your word in our hearts,

C         May we honor you with our words and with our actions.

 

A         Open our hearts that we may be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger. Through your Holy Spirit, help us understand your will, practice patience, and remain faithful under trials. As members of the one Body of Christ, may each of us be an example and encourage others to do the same. Lord, plant your word in our hearts,

C         May we honor you with our words and with our actions.

 

A         We pray for those around the world who are persecuted for their faith. Protect, strengthen and encourage them so that they can worship you and share your love boldly. Lord, plant your word in our hearts,

C         May we honor you with our words and with our actions.

 

A         In this electoral season, guide all candidates to campaign truthfully and honorably, and give wisdom to voters as we make our choices. Lord, plant your word in our hearts,

C         May we honor you with our words and with our actions.

 

A         Comfort your people who are hurting today: All those who are ill, those in pain, those who are hungry and those who live in sadness and despair. We especially ask your blessing today upon our neighbors . . . (list names) and those who we name in our hearts. (brief silence) Lord, plant your word in our hearts,

C         May we honor you with our words and with our actions.

 

A         Pour out your Spirit on those who are grieving the loss of loved ones. Remind us that in you we have the promise of eternal life, as we thank you for each one who has touched our lives. Lord, plant your word in our hearts,

C         May we honor you with our words and with our actions.

 

A         May your church truly be an example to people of all nations by obeying your word. Let us not only speak about your word, but put it into action. Lead and guide congregations, church leaders, teachers and all the people of God serving as your instruments on earth. Grant us wisdom and understanding, helping us to honor you in all that we do. Lord, plant your word in our hearts,

C         May we honor you with our words and with our actions.

 

A         Today we thank you for the ministry of vocation. Help each of us to honor your Holy Name in all that we do – at work, at school and at home. Wherever we are, may we put your word into action and be “good gifts” to those around us. Lord, plant your word in our hearts,

C         May we honor you with our words and with our actions.

 

P          Into your hands we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers composed by Kevin Peterson, Herndon VA.

 These are not copyrighted, and we encourage you to adapt them to your situation and customs. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

 If you want to help with this project, please contact Pr. Steve Shipman at prsteveshipman@gmail.com. There is no compensation except appreciation and a retirement plan that is out of this world.

 Some suggestions: it may be helpful in certain congregations to give worshippers the opportunity to voice requests. It is also good to provide a time of silence for their specific concerns.

 It is good to include in the remembrance of the faithful departed any memorialized by altar flowers, etc.

 You may want to include a petition recognizing any milestones during the week (birth, baptismal, wedding anniversaries, etc.). This would include those honored by altar flowers or in a similar manner.

Monday, August 27, 2012, Devotion

So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised His eyes, and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.” (John 11:42)

First step: Do what Jesus asked. Second step, listen to Jesus. The truth is spoken. The Father hears. The Father always hears, for He is always listening. Know that when you pray, you are being heard. In our Lord’s case, He asks for what the Father will provide. We often do not receive, because we ask with a wrong motive. The goal of faith is to be like Jesus, therefore, seek first the kingdom of God and then know that His righteousness will follow.

Lord, grow my prayer life in the expectation that You are always listening. Help me see that You answer every prayer. Help me also learn to ask for those things that are fitting for Your will, that I may grow in righteousness. In all things, help me learn to trust in Your never-failing love, which sustains me. May I be willing always to do what You ask me to do, knowing that everything will be done according to Your will.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for being bold and asking those things that seemed to make no sense at the time. Even if asked to do something like rolling a tomb covering away, grant that I would be obedient in doing Your will. May I trust You today, living out Your will in my life, knowing that You are more than able to accomplish everything that needs to be done. Amen.

Sunday, August 26, 2012, Devotion

“Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” (John 11:40)

This is a statement that is true in every age and appropriate for every time. If you will believe, you will see God’s glory. One does not have to wait to see the power of God unleashed, for when another comes to saving knowledge of the truth of God’s presence and provision, another dead person is brought to life. More than just animating a physical body for a few more years of life on earth, salvation is eternal.

Lord, help me see the truth that all around me there are miracles happening. Give me eyes to see where You are at work that I may take joy in the truth of Your presence, purpose and power. Grant that I would live with the knowledge that Christ continues to raise the dead. Through me, may I become a part of the action of raising the dead for eternal life with You.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for the many times I have witnessed lives brought to life and transformed through the amazing power of Your grace. Grant that I would join with You and be a part of Your heavenly team, confronting the forces of darkness and being a light in this world of sin. Help me today to be bold in the life You have given me, that I may offer to others what You freely give in order that those who can be saved will be. Amen.

Saturday, August 25, 2012, Devotion

Jesus said, “Remove the stone.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days.” (John 11:39)

Are You nuts, Jesus? He asks something that seems downright crazy. Let’s get practical here and not cross the line. How often do we treat the Lord of all creation as if He were crazy and did not know what He was doing? We are called to trust and obey, not question and resist. We too need to be freed from unbelief in order to trust the One who knows in all things.

Lord, help me come out of the dark cave that sin has built around me. Grant that I would live into the light that shines because of the freedom You have brought into my heart. Help me live in the light and not the darkness. In all things, help me listen to You and not to those around me who are unbelieving and do not know that You are the Lord and Master of all.

Free me from the shackles that bind me in this world that I may walk with Thee. Lead me, O King Eternal, that I may live this day into the light of Your glory, knowing that You are working all things together for good for those who love You. Guide me throughout this day that I may be a light in this dark world, for the glory of the Father. Amen.

Friday, August 24, 2012, Devotion

So Jesus, again being deeply moved within, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. (John 11:38)

Many have spent time near the gravestone of a loved one, a familiar thing for someone to do. But Jesus is there for a different reason. No one yet knows what He is going to do. That statement is still true. We may guess, but we only know in part. Faith requires that in all things, and in spite of our inability to understand, we are called to trust Jesus in every situation.

Lord, I watch the events of life unknowing what will come next. Help me not try to predict the future or its meaning, but instead, to live the life of faith You have given me. In all things, help me to trust in You and Your never-failing promises that sustain me. Stand before the stone rolled over my heart, open it up, and free me from the dark cave of sin, death and the devil, forever to be free to serve in Your kingdom.

Come, Lord Jesus, and free me today from all that binds me. In that freedom, send me into the world that I may live by faith according to Your promises. Grant that I would be a light in a dark world, knowing that through You alone is there hope for all of our tomorrows. May I be Your faithful servant this day. Amen.