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Good Evening, Lord!

Words of Comfort

[O God, you are] like a hiding place from the wind, a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land. (Isa. 32:2 ESV)

Prayer of Confession

In Your name, O crucified Lord Jesus Christ, I end this day. You suffered the all-painful death on the trunk of the holy cross as the true, patient, sacrificial Lamb for me. You have bought my freedom from all sins, death, the devil, and hell through Your rose-colored blood. Rule my heart by Your Holy Spirit, refreshing it with the heavenly dew of Your grace. Preserve me with Your divine love and hide me – body and soul – in Your holy wounds. Wash me clean of all my sins, maintain me in every good work, and lead me out of the vale of tears that is this world into eternal joy and glory, O faithful Savior, Jesus Christ, my only solace, hope, and life. Amen.[1]

Catechism Reflections

The Fourth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer

Give us this day our daily bread.

What does this mean?

God certainly gives daily bread to everyone without our prayers, even to all evil people, but we pray in this petition that God would lead us to realize this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.

What is meant by daily bread?

Daily bread includes everything that has to do with the support and needs of the body, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home, land, animals, money, goods, a devout husband or wife, devout children, devout workers, devout and faithful rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, self-control, good reputation, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like.

Questions for Meditation

What does this reading teach you?

What does this reading lead you to be thankful for?

What behavior, thought, or attitude does this reading challenge? What sin does it lead you to confess?

How might you pray for God to have a richer impact on your life through this reading?

Petitions of the Lord’s Prayer

“And lead us not into temptation.”

Father in heaven, You tempt no one. Please guard and keep us so that the devil, the world, and our sinful nature may not deceive us or mislead us into false belief, despair, and other great shame and vice. Although we are attacked by these things, we pray that we may finally overcome them and win the victory through Jesus, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Verse of Benediction

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Cor. 13:14 ESV)

[1] Lutheran Prayer Book, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, 2005, p. 52 (adapted)