Discussion, Study, and Prayer Guide for God’s Priestly People

                            for the week of 12 - 18 February (FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT)



                                                       Theme:  GOD PROVIDES


            VERSE:  “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”  (Eph. 6:11)


            + HYMNS FOR NEXT SUNDAY:  505; 657; 716*; 544; 919 in Lutheran Service Book.  (In Lutheran Worship:  170; 297; 391*; 275; 287.  In The Lutheran Hymnal:  247; 413*; 53.  Meditate on and learn by heart the hymn(s) marked with an asterisk (*).)


  506 Glory Be to God the Father
  657 A Mighty Fortress is Our God
  716* I Walk in Danger All the Way
  544 O Love, How Deep
  919 Abide, O Dearest Jesus



            + THE PSALM:  Psalm 25:1-10  (Pray the Psalm daily, in its entirety if possible.)



                                           THE PROPERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY


            + Psalm 25:1-10:  The psalm alternates between praise for the Lord’s mercy and justice, and prayer that God would graciously instruct and guide his people.  We are dependent on the Lord for wisdom and strength to be faithful as his people.  Only by his power and grace will we be preserved in this world and ready for the next.  May our prayer ever be that God would strengthen our faith and sustain us in hope as we wait for him.

            + Genesis 22:1-18:  This record of God’s testing of Abraham describes a nearly incomprehensible event which helps us to grasp the extent of God’s love in sending his only Son, whom he loved, as a sacrifice for sinners.  Isaac was spared when God provided a ram, but a later descendent of Abraham, “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world,” became the means by which God has blessed all people on earth. 

            + James 1:12-18:  “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial” (v. 12).  Might James have been thinking of Abraham at Moriah when he wrote these words?  Abraham’s faith was sorely tested, but his hope in the Lord was not disappointed.  May our faith be proven genuine and strengthened by the Lord’s testing, and when temptation comes may God make us strong to resist our desires and thus preserve us from sin.

            + Mark 1:9-15:  With extreme brevity Mark describes the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry.  “For us baptized, for us He bore His holy fast and hungered sore; for us temptation sharp He knew; For us the tempter overthrew” (LSB 544:3).  In Christ’s work he was challenging Satan’s dominion and establishing the kingdom of God.  We do well to respond in faith to Jesus’ call, to “repent and believe in the gospel,” for his victory is for us!



                                             DAILY READINGS FOR THE WEEK


            Monday:                Job 8:1-22                                        John 4:27-45

            Tuesday:               Job 9:1-35                                        John 4:46-54

            Wednesday:          Genesis 1:1-19                                 Mark 1:1-13

            Thursday:              Genesis 1:20-2:3                              Mark 1:14-28

            Friday:                   Genesis 2:4-25                                 Mark 1:29-45

            Saturday:              STUDY the Readings for Sunday (the Propers noted above)

                                 OR   Genesis 3:1-24                                 Mark 2:1-17

            Sunday:                 Genesis 4:1-26                                 Mark 2:18-28



                        CATECHISM FOR THE WEEK:  (Please learn by heart).



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.



            THE COLLECT FOR NEXT SUNDAY [First Sunday in Lent] “O Lord God, You led Your ancient people through the wilderness and brought them to the promised land. Guide the people of Your Church that following our Savior we may walk through the wilderness of this world toward the glory of the world to come; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.”  AMEN!