10 Trinity – Sunday


Daily Devotional Materials

for the

Week of the

Tenth Sunday after Trinity

– Sunday –



Lord, teach us to pray. – Luke 11:1.


We want to learn to pray. And God will teach us in His Word. – Prayer is an act of worship performed by the children of God. When God’s children pray, they approach their heavenly Father, and speak to Him, talk with Him, and bring their petitions before Him, and offer up praise and thanks to Him. Prayer is offered both with our hearts and our lips. Prayer is the word of the mouth and the meditation of the heart. (Psalm 19:14.) To speak with the mouth only, while being unheedful of the words spoken, is babbling, and not prayer. – God hears prayer. He hears even the faintest sigh of the heart. “Lord, Thou hast heard the desire of the humble; Thou wilt prepare their heart; Thou wilt cause Thine ear to hear.” (Psalm 10:17.) Indeed, what does God say? He says: “It shall come to pass that before they call, l will answer and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” (Isaiah 65:24.) God hears and answers our prayer in advance. And never think, my dear Christian, that God desires you to make many words and to use a very fine language. The Savior says: “When ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do; for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them; for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask Him.” (Matthew 6:7-8.) We are God’s children, and we are merely little children, however old we may be. So let us speak to our Father just as little children do. The simpler, the more childlike we address Him, the better He likes it. Every Christian can pray, may be he ever so unlettered a person; and the learned must forget his learning when he prays.

PRAYER. – Dear Heavenly Father, Thou great God, I thank Thee that through Jesus Christ I am Thy child, and dare pray to Thee, and tell Thee all, take all my complaints and my petitions to Thee in prayer. And Thou wilt most graciously hear me, being as kind to me as a father to his child. Dear Father in heaven, grant me Thy Holy Spirit, that He may open my lips and my heart, so that at all times I may come to Thee and pray to Thee, O great Fount of all grace. Amen.

Grant that Thy Spirit prompt my praises,
Then shall my singing surely please Thine ear;
Sweet are the sounds my heart then raises,
My prayer in truth and spirit Thou wilt hear.
Then shall Thy Spirit raise my heart to Thee,
To sing Thee psalms of praise in high degree.

Hymn 67, 3. (ELHB)


Bible Readings


1 Corinthians 12:1-11
12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. 4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

Luke 19:41-48
41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.45 And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought;46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.47 And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him,48 And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.

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