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Good Evening, Lord!

Words of Comfort

Let my prayer rise before You as incense, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. – Psalm 141:2

Prayer of Confession

Joyous light of glory: of the immortal Father; heavenly, holy, blessed Jesus Christ. We have come to the setting of the sun, and we look to the evening light. We sing to God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; You are worthy of being praised with pure voices forever. O Son of God, O Giver of life: the universe proclaims Your glory. I pray that my heart would rest in You and Your salvation. Amen.[1]

Catechism Reflections

The Sixth Petition

And lead us not into temptation.

What does this mean?

God tempts no one. We pray in this petition that God would 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.

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

“Thy kingdom come”

O God, everlasting Father, Your kingdom comes even without our prayer, but, please, let it come to us, too! Please give us Your Holy Spirit, so that by His grace we may believe Your Word, and live godly lives here in time and there in eternity. Amen.

Verse of Benediction

May the blessing of the eternal God be upon us, and upon our work and worship; His light to guide us, His presence to strengthen us, His love to unite us; Now and always. Amen.[2]

[1] Lutheran Service Book, Concordia Publishing House, p. 297

[2] Doberstein, John W., The Minister’s Prayer Book, Fortress Press, Philadelphia, 1959, p. 18