Reading and Prayer – February 17

Romans 15:7-12

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. 8 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews[b] on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed 9 and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written:

“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing the praises of your name.”

Again, it says, “Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people.”

And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles; let all the peoples extol him.”

And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.”

Martin Luther’s Prayer for Morning

I give thanks to you, heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ your dear Son, that you have protected me through the night from all danger and harm. I ask you to preserve and keep me, this day also, from all sin and evil, that in all my thoughts, words, and deeds I may serve and please you. Into your hands I commend my body and soul and all that is mine. Let your holy angels have charge of me, that the wicked one have no power over me.

O Mighty and Merciful God, I know that I am going to face trials and tribulations in the future, possibly some I cannot even imagine. Help me to prepare myself now for the pain that life on this earth inevitably brings. Steel me with faith, Lord. Plant the foundation of hope, faith and joy so firmly in my being that, like the house built on a rock, I cannot be shaken, no matter what earthly suffering I may endure.

For I know, God, that the harshest life has a happy ending; and that when we see you face-to-face, we shall understand clearly what we now take on faith. Send your Holy Spirit to me, to buoy me up in the hard times of life, and to prepare me for the suffering that even your blessed Son endured, before He was glorified. Amen.