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Rogate Sunday (Easter 6)–Prayer (Gebets-Schatz)

man-praying-1883_jpg!BlogRogate–The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Numbers 21:4-9 or Lamentations 3:22-33

1 Timothy 2:1-6 or James 1:22-27

St. John 16:23-30

Prayer on the Sunday of Rogate

O Lord God, heavenly Father!  Through Your Son You have promised us that You would give us whatever we ask in Your Name.  We beseech You: keep us steadfast in Your Word.  Grant us Your Holy Spirit, Who rules and leads us according to Your will.  Protect us from the devil’s kingdom, from false doctrine and false worship; protect us also against all misfortune in body and life.  Give us Your blessing and peace, that we may experience Your gracious assistance in everything, and praise and glorify You as our gracious Father here in time and there in eternity, through Christ our Lord.  Amen.  Johannes Eichorn, 1511-1564

In that day you will ask in My Name.

It is impossible to mention in the intercessions of corporate worship all the persons who are committed to our care, or at any rate to do so in the way that is required of us.  Every Christian has his own circle who have requested him to make intercession for them or for whom he knows he has been called upon especially to pray.  These will be, first of all, those with whom he must live day by day.

This brings us to a point at which we hear the pulsing heart of all Christian life in unison.  A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses.  I can no longer condemn or hate a brother for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble he causes me.  His face, that hitherto may have been strange and intolerable to me, is transformed in intercession into the countenance of a brother for whom Christ died, the face of a forgiven sinner.  This is a happy discovery for the Christian who begins to pray for others.  There is no dislike, no personal tension, no estrangement that cannot be overcome by intercession as far as our side of it is concerned.  Intercessory prayer is the purifying bath into which the individual and the fellowship must enter every day.  The struggle we undergo with our brother in intercession may be a hard one, but that struggle has the promise that it will gain its goal.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together (Harper San Francisco, 1954) p. 85-86.


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