Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
that you may be feared.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord. . . . Psalm 130:1-6a
“So as soon as all the men of war had perished and were dead from among the people, the Lord said to me, ‘Today you are to cross the border of Moab at Ar. And when you approach the territory of the people of Ammon, do not harass them or contend with them, for I will not give you any of the land of the people of Ammon as a possession, because I have given it to the sons of Lot for a possession.’ . . . ‘Rise up, set out on your journey and go over the Valley of the Arnon. Behold, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king ofHeshbon, and his land. Begin to take possession, and contend with him in battle. This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you on the peoples who are under the whole heaven, who shall hear the report of you and shall tremble and be in anguish because of you.’
“So I sent messengers from the wilderness of Kedemoth to Sihon the king of Heshbon, with words of peace, . . . [But] Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Jahaz. And the Lord our God gave him over to us, and we defeated him and his sons and all his people. And we captured all his cities at that time, . . . there was not a city too high for us. The Lord our God gave all into our hands. Only to the land of the sons of Ammon you did not draw near, that is, to all the banks of the riverJabbok and the cities of the hill country, whatever the Lord our God had forbidden us. Deuteronomy 2:16-19, 24-26, 32-34a, 36b-37
“And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[e] destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:16-21
Just as you cannot make out of the gospel a sacrifice or work, so you cannot make a sacrifice or a work out of this sacrament [of Holy Baptism]; for this sacrament is the gospel.
DAILY PRAYER for SATURDAY
Lord God, heavenly Father, once again a week comes to its end. Forgive
us for having sinned again this week. We pray You not to look upon our
guilt: forgive us every sin of thought, word, and deed; forgive our
inner blindness, disbelief, doubt , feeblemindedness, impatience,
arrogance, evil desires, lust, secret envy, hate, resentment, and our
Redeem us by Your mercy. We know that a single sin eternally destroys
our fellowship with You. We know that we have eternally earned Your
wrath. We know that by our sin we are not worthy to be named Your
children. But our hope is not in our works; our hope is found in Your
grace alone, O God. We pray You to forgive us for the sake of Jesus
Christ, Your beloved Son. Through Him, grant us the power to hate our
sins, so that we may lead a life well-pleasing to You in true humility
and in the knowledge of Your holy will. O Lord, teach us to number our
days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Let the coming Sunday be a blessing for all Christians and for me.
Waken in us a hunger for Your Word and Sacrament. Prepare our hearts
that we may take part in the eternal liturgy sung before Your throne,
and grant that in the Sacrament we may join the never-ending feast,
until that final day comes. Hear our prayer for the sake of the Lamb,
Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.