THE WEEK OF TRINITY X – WEDNESDAY

LESSON: PSALM 19:1‒4

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed on and triumph, as it did among you. 2 Thessalonians 3:1

In our day, praise God, the Gospel is being proclaimed with a fullness and clarity that has not been known since the days of the apostles. We should appreciate this time of visitation and pray earnestly to God to continue it among us, especially also by continuing the blessings of peace.

The princes and rulers are always only too ready to decide matters with the sword. They are too bold in grabbing hold of God by His beard, and God will strike them on the mouth accordingly. It is high time to pray earnestly to God to keep on making His Gospel known in ever-widening circles among those who have not yet heard it. Should punishment suddenly fall upon us, it would be too late, and many souls would be left behind whom the Word had not yet reached.

This is why I deeply regret the fact that we despise the Gospel in such a horrible manner. This is not said simply for our own sakes, but also for the sake of those who are still going to hear the Gospel. Matters have settled down a little, and, God grant, I hope that this continues and that both the princes and the peasants do not become any crazier. If hostilities break out again, I have grave fears that they will not end.

SL 11:1473 (14‒15)
AE 78:346-361

PRAYER: Preserve unto us times of peace, O Lord, in which Your Word may have free course and still reach many who do not yet know it and believe it, for Your name’s sake. Amen.