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The Need Is Great From Prayer That God's Word is Taught in Its Truth and Purity!

Psalm 115 New International Version

Psalm 115 1 Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. 2 Why do the nations say, “Where is their God?” 3 Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. 4 But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. 5 They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. 6 They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. 7 They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound withtheir throats.

8 Those who make them will be like them,

and so will all who trust in them.

9 All you Israelites, trust in the Lord—

he is their help and shield.

10 House of Aaron, trust in the Lord—

he is their help and shield.

11 You who fear him, trust in the Lord—

he is their help and shield.

12 The Lord remembers us and will bless us:

He will bless his people Israel,

he will bless the house of Aaron,

13 he will bless those who fear the Lord—

small and great alike.

14 May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children.

15 May you be blessed by the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth.

16 The highest heavens belong to the Lord,

but the earth he has given to mankind.

17 It is not the dead who praise the Lord,

those who go down to the place of silence;

18 it is we who extol the Lord,

both now and forevermore.

Praise the Lord.[a]

Friday - June 10

Here, now, learn how great of a need there is of such prayer. For because we see how full the world is of sects and false teachers, who all wear the holy name as a cover and sham for their doctrines of devils, we ought by all means to pray without ceasing, and to cry and call upon God against all such as preach and believe falsely and whatever opposes and persecutes our Gospel and pure doctrine, and would suppress it, as bishops, tyrants, enthusiasts, etc. Likewise also for ourselves who have the Word of God, but are not thankful for it, nor live as we ought according to the same. If now you pray for this with your heart, you can be sure that it pleases God; for He will not hear anything more dear to Him than that His honor and praise is exalted above everything else, and His Word is taught in its purity and is esteemed precious and dear.” (Luther’s Large Catechism, The Lord’s Prayer).

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