St. Paul Lutheran Church, Runge: Always Pray
Prayer means communication with God , requests of God. The first verse of the gospel lesson from St. Luke the eighteenth chapter verses 1-8 is "And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart." Other places in the Bible where prayer is the theme is verse 14 of 2 Chronicles chapter 7:"if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."; also 1 Thessalonians 5:16: "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." There are so many more verses. Now take time to read Psalm 121 which begins "I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth..."
Jesus knows that people often lose heart when their prayers don't seem to work and he worries about their lack of persistence when faced with God's seeming silence. When they return with their petitions day after day, they stay connected with their faith and weave invisible bonds that join them with all those who pray. Let everyone pray continually, then, confident that there is one who listens.
Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations. Preserve the works of your mercy, that your church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your name; through your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Sunday morning worship services at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by fellowship, Sunday School, and Bible Study.