The readings for this Sunday will be: Psalm 138; Genesis 18:20-33; Colossians 2:6-15; Luke 11:1-13. In the Genesis reading Abraham pleads with God over the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah. In the Gospel reading Jesus teaches his own disciples how to pray by giving them the words of the Lord’s Prayer.
The words that Jesus gives us to pray shape the way we think about God. He’s not just “God” – a distant, all-powerful force; He’s our Father – a loving and dedicated provider. Jesus’ words also shape our priorities. Before focusing on ourselves, we first direct our attention to the Father and what belongs to Him. The Lord’s Prayer continues to be a “teaching prayer” today. Pray the familiar words – slowly – this week and ask yourself, “What is Jesus trying to teach me?” If you’re not sure what some parts of the prayer mean, you might dig out your Small Catechism and re-read the section on the Lord’s Prayer.
God be with you this week!