Martin Luther: A Christian without prayer is as impossible as living without a pulse

May 13, 2010

A genuinely Christian prayer must issue from the spirit of grace, which says: “I have lived my best; therefore I implore Thee not to regard my life and my conduct, but Thy mercy and compassion promised me in Christ, and because of this to grant me the fulfillment of my prayer.” Thus our prayer must, in real and sincere humility, take no account of ourselves; it must rely solely and confidently on the promise of grace, in the firm trust that God will hear us, as He has commanded us to pray and has promised to hear us.

Thus you must learn from this text that through Christ alone we possess both grace and the granting of prayer, that we first become children of God, entitled to call upon Him, and then also receive what we need for ourselves and for others. Therefore wherever there is a Christian, there is none other than the Holy Spirit, who does nothing but pray without ceasing. Even though one does not move one’s lips and form words continuously, one’s heart nonetheless does beat incessantly; and, like the pulse and the heart in the body, it beats with sighs such as these: “Oh, dear Father, please let Thy name be hallowed, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done among us and everyone!” And when blows fall, when temptations thicken, and adversity presses harder, then such sighing prayers become more fervent and also find words. A Christian without prayer is just as impossible as a living person without a pulse. The pulse is never motionless; it moves and beats constantly, whether one is asleep or something else keeps one from being aware of it.

–Martin Luther, LW 24:88.

From Eric Swensson’s Awakenings blog

Thanksgiving for that which is yet to come

May 13, 2010

Romans 11:29 (New International Version)
For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.

O Lord,
How marvelous You are! You have made everything beautiful in its time. You have set eternity in the hearts of men. The kingdom of God is within our hearts! The kingdom of God surrounds us! How marvelous You are.
We cannot fathom all that You have done from beginning to end. Yet we thank You for all that is yet to come. We thank You for the unfulfilled calls and the unfulfilled prophecies that are stored up for us and for our children. They are all beautiful in their time. We thank You for the promise of victory! We thank You. We thank You. We thank You.
Ecclesiastes 3:11, Luke 17:21

Matthew 28:16-20

May 13, 2010

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. (Matthew 28:16)
      Holy Spirit, please help us keep all our appointments with Jesus. Don’t let us miss any of the times he wants to meet with us. Thank you.

When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. (Matthew 28:17)
      Jesus, please help us worship you even when we have doubts. Help us come into your presence and see you.

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18 )
      Father, please help us live under the authority you have given Jesus — help us to be his true and faithful disciples.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” (Matthew 28:19)
      Jesus, help us go forth at your bidding and make disciples of those we meet. Help us to be disciples who make disciples.

“teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:20)
      Father, please bless the teaching ministry in this diocese. Thank you.

      Jesus, thank you for pouring out your Holy Spirit on us so that you are always with us.

      Holy Spirit, please help us observe all that Jesus commands us. Thank you.

Ascension Day: 24, 96; Daniel 7:9-14; Hebrews 2:5-18; Matthew 28:16-20
Friday: 91, 92; 1 Sam. 2:1-10; Ephesians 2:1-10; Matthew 7:22-27

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out “Beautiful Saviour (Fairest Lord Jesus)”

***** Pray for the practical details of the Diocesan Convention:
      Pray for good weather.
      Pray for no black flies, mosquitoes, bears and other wild life.
      Pray for the Lord’s presence and guidance.
      Pray for safe travel for all who are going to the convention.
      Pray for the anointing of the Holy Spirit on all aspects of the convention.

Albany Intercessor

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