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The Small Catechism – part 235

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From the Word: And when all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who subjected all things to him, that God may be all in all. (1 Corinthians 15:28)

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism, Daily Prayers

How the head of the family should teach his household to pray morning and evening

Morning Prayer

In the morning, when you rise, you shall bless yourself with the holy cross and say: In the name of God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Pulling It Together: I really enjoy that unexpected Richard Pryor line toward the end of the movie “Silver Streak” when a gunfight has broken out between the FBI and criminals. Bullets are flying everywhere and Pryor, hunkered down behind a 55-gallon drum, has had enough of the chaos. So, he stands up and demands, “Who’s in charge here?”

Sometimes it feels like the world itself is chaos and the Holy Spirit needs to hover over the face of this deep again (Gen 1:2). We want to know who is in charge, who has the authority to fix things. Ultimately, our heavenly Father is in charge. His Spirit is moving over the chaos; something is happening. Jesus has conquered sin and death. Things are moving in the right direction, and finally, God will be “all in all.” His authority will be fully recognized in eternity.

For now, that recognition might begin every one of our days. As soon as we wake up in the morning, we should kneel in prayer. As we begin our prayers, we may say the name of God, establishing—at least in our own lives—who is in charge here.

Prayer: Subject me, Lord Jesus, to your Father’s will, through the power of your Spirit at work within me. Amen.

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In Harmony with the Word is an eight-session Bible Study focusing on Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, from Matthew 5-7. It is written at an introductory level, to be led by a lay leader or pastor in a small-group question and discussion format. The study would serve as an excellent resource for monthly women's group meetings, or in an informal small-group setting.

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