• Bread and Forgiveness

    Luke 11:3–4a

    Sometimes it is easy to forgive others but hard to accept the fact that God has forgiven us. But if we have turned from sin and have trusted Jesus, we have been truly forgiven. Rejoice in your pardon and forgive ...Read More

  • Fasting in Secret

    Matthew 6:17-18

    Fasting is extremely beneficial to our spiritual growth and our prayer lives. Going without food helps reminds us how much we depend on God for our sustenance and, indeed, for all things. This helps us seek Him fervently, for we ...Read More

  • Glory to the Name of the Lord

    Psalm 115:1

    Prayer changes us. We cannot hope to love and serve God properly merely by reading His Word and fellowshiping with others, although these exercises do benefit us and our relationship to the Lord. In addition to such things, we must ...Read More

  • God’s Kingdom and Power

    Romans 10:11–13

    Answer 128 of the Heidelberg Catechism reminds us that the Father is “both willing and able to give us all that is good” that He might “receive all the praise, forever.” We should not doubt the goodness of God, nor ...Read More

  • Hallowed Be Your Name

    Luke 11:2a

    The prohibition against taking the Lord’s name in vain (Deut. 5:11) includes more than direct blasphemy. Many of the passages for today’s further study show that we blaspheme when we claim to follow God and then flagrantly ...Read More

  • How to Pray

    James 5:16

    As an illustration of Luther’s advice, take some time today to pray through the Ten Commandments. Take each stipulation and confess how you have violated that particular law. Worship Him for the perfection of His character revealed in each ...Read More

  • Knowing the Lord

    Jeremiah 9:23–24

    Many people today want to set holiness, love, and mercy in opposition to one another, especially when they speak of the character of God. Yet, it is only because the Lord is holy that we can be confident that He ...Read More

  • Our Father

    Luke 11:2a

    Some people reading this study today may have difficulty calling God “Father” because their own earthly fathers were cold, abusive, or neglectful. But the One to whom we pray does not share the imperfections of our earthly fathers, no matter ...Read More

  • Our Promised Victory

    Romans 16:20

    As Christians, we see the enemies of God tremble in fear as His kingdom grows. Sometimes that looks like a victory, from our perspective, as many people join the church and cultural standards move in the direction of godliness. Sometimes ...Read More

  • Our Shepherding God

    Psalm 23

    Many well-intentioned people promise that coming to Jesus, the Great Shepherd of the sheep, will solve all of life’s problems. While one day this will be true, we will face the enemies of the world, the flesh, and the ...Read More

  • Serving God in the Here and Now

    1 Corinthians 7:17–24

    If our primary concern in life is to change our present situation, then we will have little room to serve God wherever we are. It is not inherently wrong to seek a change in circumstances, and, indeed, a change may ...Read More

  • Teach Us to Pray

    Luke 11:1

    Jesus emphasizes that prayer should reflect a certain private intimacy between the believer and God in Matthew 6:5–6. There is something so intimate about prayer that we should long to pray in private long before we do so ...Read More

  • The Disciples’ Prayer

    Matthew 6:9–15

    Lack of forgiveness, we learn in today’s passage, may prove a lack of faith. No matter how hard it may be to forgive others, we simply cannot call ourselves followers of Christ if we do not forgive those who ...Read More

  • The Fifth Petition

    Psalm 143:1–2

    When we ask the Father to forgive us in Jesus’ name, we are asking Him to do something that He has promised to do. Therefore, we can be confident that He forgives us when we seek His face. This is ...Read More

  • The Fourth Petition

    James 1:16–17

    Paul tells us that the failure to thank God for His blessings is one of the two basic sins of which all fallen people are guilty (Rom. 1:21). This means, among other things, that we tend toward ingratitude and ...Read More