Midweek Catechism Series: Prayer, Wonder Woman & Saucy Acolytes –


Old Testament:Deuteronomy 9:24-29
24 You have been rebellious against the LORD from the day that I knew you.
25 “So I lay prostrate before the LORD for these forty days and forty nights, because the LORD had said he would destroy you. 26 And I prayed to the LORD, ‘O Lord GOD, do not destroy your people and your heritage, whom you have redeemed through your greatness, whom you have brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 27 Remember your servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Do not regard the stubbornness of this people, or their wickedness or their sin, 28 lest the land from which you brought us say, “Because the LORD was not able to bring them into the land that he promised them, and because he hated them, he has brought them out to put them to death in the wilderness.” 29 For they are your people and your heritage, whom you brought out by your great power and by your outstretched arm.’
Epistle Lesson:Ephesians 6:16-20
16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
Gospel Lesson: Matthew 6: 5-15
5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 Pray then like this:
                  “Our Father in heaven,
                  hallowed be your name.
            10       Your kingdom come,
                  your will be done,
      on earth as it is in heaven.
            11       Give us this day our daily bread,
            12       and forgive us our debts,
      as we also have forgiven our debtors.
            13       And lead us not into temptation,
      but deliver us from evil.
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Psalm 5:1-8

            1       Give ear to my words, O LORD;   consider my groaning. 

            2       Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. 

            3       O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice;  in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.

            4       For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;  evil may not dwell with you. 

            5       The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;  you hate all evildoers.

            6       You destroy those who speak lies;  the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. 

7       But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,  will enter your house.  I will bow down toward your holy temple  in the fear of you.

            8       Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies;  make your way straight before me. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen. 


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