Saturday, May 07, 2005

Styria: Thy Will Be Done

Styria of David creates with Legos;
God with Logos
blog writes an interesting post on prayer. He asks:
Sometimes I wish I had been raised Lutheran, or at least Christian. Maybe I would at least know how to pray, and have the discipline to be 'Christian' in all these other things. Good habits. Instead, someday, with my face deeply flushed and my voice quivering or inaudible, I'll probably have to learn them in front of my wife. That's fun to look forward to; the anticipation is already warming me. How will I set a good example for the children I want?

After 40+ years as a Christian, I can't say that can utter a decent prayer any better than David. I have learned to use Luther's prayers in our hymnal. I am trying to memorize the evening prayers with my kids; they are quite sufficient for me!

In the evening, when you go to bed, you are to make the sign of the holy cross and say: "Under the care of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen."

Then, kneeling or standing, say the Apostles' Creed and the Lord's Prayer. If you wish you may recite this little prayer as well:

I give thanks to you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ your dear Son, that you have graciously protected me today, and I ask you to forgive me all my sins, where I have done wrong, and graciously to protect me tonight. For into your hands I commend myself: my body, my soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel be with me, so that the wicked foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Then you are to go to sleep quickly and cheerfully.


Styria said...

Thanks, Theresa. I've never had a problem with Luther's prayers in the Small Catechism, except that I'm very sluggish.

I didn't feel any better when I tried them last night and this morning, though. But there are some other things affecting me.

By the way, how is A House of Love coming along? =)

TKls2myhrt said...

Just keep turning to God, as I know you are doing. He knows and hears you and desires the best for you. For some reason, this quote from Luther comes to mind:

"We must not judge by what we feel or by what we see before us. The Word must be followed, and we must firmly hold that these truths are to be believed, not experienced; for to believe is not to experience. Not indeed that what we believe is never to be experienced, but that faith is to precede experience. And the Word must be believed even when we feel and experience what differs entirely from the Word. Therefore when in calamities our hearts think that God is angry with us, does not care for us but hates us, faith is nevertheless convinced that God harbors neither wrath or hatred nor vindictiveness against us nor imputes our guilt [God no longer holds us guilty because of Christ. We are forgiven.]...To this conclusion I have come, not by way of my feelings or my present circumstances but through the Word, which says that the mercy of the Lord is over me and all who believe, that His wrath is over all who do not believe. Therefore I shall overcome my thoughts by the Word and shall write this promise in my heart, that after I have come to faith in Jesus Christ and do not doubt that my sins are forgiven me through His blood, I shall not be put to shame through all my senses and my experiences speak a different language. Within myself I feel the wrath of God; the devil vents on me his hatred and the world its extreme fury. But the Holy Spirit tells no lies. He bids me hope; for "with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous redemption."

I've put House of Love on hold, but plan to get it going very soon. Just been really busy, dance recitals, etc.

Styria said...

And... Constantine. =)

Thanks again.

TKls2myhrt said...

Oh, I can blog and watch American Idol. I've got that down pat. I had to quit writing about Constantine, though. I think I was scaring people!