“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” (St. Augustine) These words were first spoken a long time ago. In fact, the world was a very different place. The truth of these words transcends time by illustrating the utmost importance of our relationship with God in and through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Throughout the season of Lent, I will be using the devotional resource 40 Day Journey With Luther. One of the reasons that I have selected this resource for my own spiritual growth is its use of excerpts from Luther’s Small Catechism, of which I will share insights during our 7 pm Wednesday night Lenten worship services. Martin would often refer to the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer as being simple to say, but difficult to understand fully. In his words they “summed up the teaching, life, wisdom, and learning that constitute the Christian’s conversation, conduct, and concern.”
Living a life of prayer is one of the fundamental aspects of becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ through the gift of faith. For Luther, one of ways to begin the journey of prayer in our daily life is to use what he called the “garland of prayer.” This garland consists of four questions that you can ask of any biblical text you read:
What does it teach?
What should I give thanks for?
What does it convict me of or cause regret about in my daily life?
What will I ask for or petition for?
I invite you to pick up one of our Lenten devotionals and continue your journey with Jesus. Growing in your relationship with God through the power of the Holy Spirit is what all of us are called to do. Blessings on your journey!
Living in God’s amazing grace,
Pastor Matthew Groenke