Devotion for Oct 5, 2017
A Simple Family Devotion for October 5, 2017
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit
A Prayer for Strength
It is not unusual to hear, “I’ll pray for you,” or nowadays to hear, “Our thoughts and prays go out to you.” Such things can be comforting. St. Paul does from time to time mention that he prays for those to whom he is writing but here, he jumps right in with the pray. How encouraging and comforting is it for the hearer to have more than the promise of a prayer but to have the prayer itself. He kneels in humility before the only true God through whom each of us is named and relying upon the glory of what He has already demonstrated through the death and resurrection of His Son, Paul is bold to ask for all those things that he knows accords with God’s will. There is no hesitation or questioning of whether God wants to or will give such faith to the Ephesians. He prays that faith may be confirmed and their justification sure and that they may be fully sanctified. While God does and will provide those things needed in day to day life, Paul focuses his prayer on those things that produce eternal benefit and reward. God do the same for you that you may not be disheartened by the sufferings in this life. Amen.
The Athanasian Creed (vv. 1-18)
Whoever desires to be saved must, above all, hold the catholic faith. Whoever does not keep it whole and undefiled will without doubt perish eternally. And the catholic faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity, neither confusing the persons nor dividing the substance. For the Father is one person, the Son is another, and the Holy Spirit is another. But the Godhead of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit: the Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, the Holy Spirit uncreated; the Father infinite, the Son infinite, the Holy Spirit infinite; the Father eternal, the Son eternal, the Holy Spirit eternal. And yet there are not three Eternals, but one Eternal, just as there are not three Uncreated or three Infinites, but one Uncreated and one Infinite. In the same way, the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, the Holy Spirit almighty; and yet there are not three Almighties, but one Almighty. So the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God; and yet there are not three Gods, but one God. So the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, the Holy Spirit is Lord; and yet there are not three Lords, but one Lord.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Collect of the Week
O Lord, we pray that Your grace may always go before and follow after us, that we may continually be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Prayers for Self and Others
A Chronological Reading through Scripture