Prepare for The Sunday of Christian Prayer: Rogate (05/21)Pr. Christopher Gillespie
The Father Answers Our Prayers Because of Jesus
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you” (John 16:23). To pray in Jesus’ name is to pray as one who has been baptized. For it is in the water that He put His name upon you, claiming you as His own, making you a son of God with access to the Father. By His incarnation and crucifixion, our Lord Jesus broke through the barrier of sin which separated us from God, opening a portal to the Father. To pray in Jesus’ name is to pray with faith in Him as the one Mediator between God and men, who gave Himself a ransom for all (1 Tim. 2:1–6). Like Moses in the wilderness, Jesus is our go-between and intercessor before the throne of heaven. He was lifted up for us on the cross that we might be saved and restored to fellowship with the Father (Num. 21:4–9). Looking into this perfect teaching of liberty (James 1:22–27) we pray with boldness and confidence as dear children of God.
Old Testament: Num. 21:4–9
Epistle: 1 Tim. 2:1–6 or James 1:22–27
Gospel: John 16:23–30 (31–33)
O God, the Giver of all that is good, by Your holy inspiration grant that we may think those things that are right and by Your merciful guiding accomplish them; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
With a voice of singing, declare, proclaim this, utter it to the end of the earth. Alle- | luia.*
The LORD has redeemed His servant Jacob! Alle- | luia. (Isaiah 40:20)
Make a joyful shout to God, | all the earth!*
Sing out the honor | of His name.
I cried to Him | with my mouth,*
and He was extolled | with my tongue.
Certainly God has | heard me;*
He has attended to the voice | of my prayer.
Blessed be God, who has not turned a- | way my prayer,*
nor His mer- | cy from me! (Psalm 66:1, 17, 19-20)
During the season of Easter the Gradual is omitted and the Verse expanded.
Alle- | luia.*
Alle- | luia.
Christ who has redeemed us | with His blood,*
is risen and has appeared unto us. Alle- | luia.
I came forth from the Father and have come in- | to the world.*
Again, I leave the world and go to the Father. Alle- | luia. (Liturgical text, John 16:28)
Hymns for the Week:
|Hear us, Father, when we pray||Morgenglanz der Ewigkeit||Video|
|Our Father, who from heaven above||Vater unser||Video|
|Rise, my soul, to watch and pray||Straf mich nicht||Video|
|I walk in danger all the way||Der lieben Sonne Licht und Pracht||Video|
|Thanks to Thee, O Christ victorious||Werde munter||Video|