getting out the WORD - the 14th sunday after pentecost PDF Print E-mail

the PRAYER...
O Lord God, enliven and preserve your church with your perpetual mercy. Without your help, we mortals will fail; remove far from us everything that is harmful, and lead us toward all that gives life and salvation, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

the READING...
Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.

Matthew 18:15-20

"With these words God wants to attract us, so that we come to believe God is truly our Father and we are truly God's children, in order that we may ask God boldly and with complete confidence, just as loving children ask their loving father." The words to which Luther refers are, of course, "Our Father who art in heaven..."

You see, prayer is more than the words we say or how we say them. Heads bowed. Eyes closed. Hands folded. The essence - the soul - of prayer is faith! It's believing god loves us! Believing god cares! That god, always and forever, has our best interests at heart! Unfortunately, that piece, more often than not, is missing. Don't get me wrong! We believe in the power of prayer; we just have a problem with the love part! We forget it! We overlook it! We misplace it!

Truth is, god provides everything for everyone without prayer! That's what love does! What kind of parent gives a snake when asked for a fish? Or a rock when asked for bread? And what kind of parent does nothing... until two agree about anything?

Bob Barndt, pastor

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