Cling to God in Prayer

James 5:17, Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on earth. In light of this verse, the evangelical Christian in his mysticism will say, “See, if you just pray hard enough, God will answer…

Our Father

Matthew 6:9, “Our Father, who is in Heaven…” (own Greek translation). What does this mean? Luther explains in his Small Catechism, “With these words God wants to entice us, so that we come to believe He is truly our Father and we are truly His children, in order that we may ask Him boldly and with complete…

Outcast

This short story illustrates the thoughts and feelings that go through my mind every day as I suffer with social anxiety, and the comfort I daily receive from the Gospel. The dialogue in italics portrays this anxiety. What is it about silence that makes people so uncomfortable? I wonder this every time I talk to…

Your Will Be Done

Matthew 6:10b, “Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” What does this mean? Luther explains in his Small Catechism, “God’s good and gracious will comes about without our prayer, but we ask in this prayer that it may also come about in and among us” (10). How does His will come about…

Meditatio

Romans 15:4, For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope. Luther puts it best, “Truly, you cannot read in Scripture too much, and what you do read you cannot read too well, and what you read well you…