Friday, March 22, 2019

Friday of Lent 2

Friday of Lent 2 – March 22, 2019 – Psalm 25:6

Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.

In this psalm, David prays for God’s mercy when he is under attack by his enemies. He asks the Lord to remember His mercy and steadfast love, and not to look upon David’s sins. We do the same thing when we pray the Lord’s prayer. We ask God to deliver us from evil, and in praying ‘Forgive us our trespasses,’ we pray that ‘our Father in heaven would not look upon our sins, nor on their account deny our prayer.’ (Small Catechism)
"Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your loving-kindnesses for they're from eternity." - The appeal here is not on the basis of our righteousness/status/goodness but on Christ's work, His compassion and mercy.  God is love and He never will change.  Let's us fall into the hands of God, for with Him, there's mercy.
Grant, O Lord, that as Your Son Jesus Christ prayed for His enemies on the cross, so we may have grace to forgive those who wrongfully or scornfully use us, that we ourselves may be able to receive Your forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.[1]

Lord Jesus, Bread of Life, in Your great compassion You fed the multitudes with a few loaves and a few fish. Feed us the holy food of Your Word broken open that hearts may burn and Your very body and blood that eyes may be opened to see You as the very Bread of heaven; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit; one God, now and forever.[2]

[1]Collect for Friday of Lent 2,  ,
[2] Collect for Friday of Lent 2, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

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