Time in the Word

A Study for Pentecost 10

Theme of the Week: Persistent Prayer

Genesis 18:20-32 - Prayer brings mercy after repeated requests
Colossians 2:6-15 - A continuation in St. Paul's epistle
Luke 11:1-13 - Prayer is answered as a result of persistent appeals
Psalm for the week: Psalm 138
Hymn for the week: TLH #454 Prayer is the Soul's Sincere Desire

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Monday, August 6, 2001

Prayer is the theme of the week. What is Prayer? It is a heart to heart talk with God. When the soul fails to speak to God then hell begins to answer as the old adage suggests. How often do we spend the time clearing our heads and speaking to the Savior? Do we approach Him only when we need Him or do we come to Him daily and often. This is the opportunity before us this week to approach the Savior confidently.

Tuesday August 7, 2001    Genesis 18:20-32

Are we willing to bargain with God. Abraham did. In praying for his nephew Lot and the fate of the people of Sodom Abraham prays that the Lord would spare the city if the Lord could find 50 righteous people in it.  He moves all the way down to ten righteous people. Abraham was persistent with God in prayer. He pleads his case and yet allows God to remain in control. The petition "Thy will be done" is a hard petition to sometimes pray. As we wrestle with God in prayer may we ask that His will be done in our life.

Wednesday August 8, 2001    Colossians 2:6-15

This lesson is a continuation of St. Paul's letter to the Colossians. In this lesson Paul exhorts the people to live in Christ in whom dwells the fullness of the Godhead.

Thursday, August 9, 2001    Luke 11:1-13

Three points are raised in our lesson for today how to pray, the persistence of prayer and the mechanics of how to pray. We call this much-loved prayer the "Lord's Prayer" because it is the Lord who has taught us so to pray. We pray for two reasons. Our need and His ability to answer. Come to Him this day with your every need.

Friday, August 10, 2001  -  Psalm 138

A fitting Psalm for the theme of prayer is found in Psalm 138. The Psalmist encourages us to come to God with our every need. He begins by saying "I will praise You, O Lord with all my heart" That is what a life of prayer is all about, coming to God in praise exhorting Him with our every being.  Prayer is not an idle thing. It involves our entire being.  Involve your entire self in prayer. See the Lord with your entire being.

Saturday, August 11, 2001  -  Luke 11:1

The first verse of our Gospel lesson is the inspiration of our sermon hymn for tomorrow. The Lord invites us to pray, to come to Him often with our heart felt need.  Do not pass this opportunity by! Come to Him often with your every need. Pray, praise and give thanks. 

The Prayer for Pentecost 10 O God, the Protector of all who trust in You, without whom nothing is strong and nothing is holy, increase and multiply Your mercy on us that with Your as our Ruler and Guide we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not the things eternal. Amen.

Sources:

Lutheran Worship Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO. 1982 p. 71

Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series B John R. Brokhoff C.S.S. Publishing Co. Lima, OH. 1979 p.170