Saturday of the Week of Transfiguration

Today's Reading: Introit for Septuagesima

Daily Lectionary: Joel 2:18-32; Romans 11:25-12:13

In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears. (Psalm 18:6 from the Introit for Septuagesima)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Do you ever think your prayer falls on deaf ears? The world laughs at us. "Pray for them." "I'm praying for you." "You're in my prayers." Those aren't just words. When the people of God bring their petitions before the Lord, they have the promise of Christ's Name behind them.

The world likes to mock prayer as if it doesn't do anything. And in itself it doesn't. But it is the Lord who hears our prayers. That means that just as He promised to hear our prayers, so He invites us to pray and call upon Him in every trouble. After all, our prayers come to the Lord in Jesus' name. Jesus, who conquered sin and death by His death and resurrection invites us to pray.

But the world sounds so convincing. We ask for something in our prayers and we don't get it. Maybe the world is right. Maybe "prayer" is just a nice-sounding word that doesn't actually do anything. Then we begin to believe that and we stop calling upon God for all the things we need.

So we learn from the Psalmist of long ago. Don't think King David had the same problem? Surrounded by enemies who taunted him with doubts about whether God heard his prayers or not. He cried out to the Lord in his distress; so do you. And tomorrow, you don't even have to figure out what to say. The liturgy of the Divine Service will put your cry before God, even to His ears. With those words, you will come before the Lord in the confidence of Christ, trusting He will indeed hear and answer according to His mercy.

And all the gifts tomorrow--your Baptism, the Absolution, the Word and sermon, the Supper--will be God's reassuring promises that your prayers do not fall on deaf hears at all. Rather, every prayer you pray is precious, for it comes to the Lord from you, His dear child in Christ. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Hear us, Father, when we pray, Through Your Son and in Your Spirit. By Your Spirit's Word convey All that we through Christ inherit, That as baptized heirs we may Truly pray. (Hear Us, Father, When We Pray, LSB 773:1)

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