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The Institute of Lutheran theology not only provides programs to train pastors and teachers, but it also provides educational and devotional resources for individuals and congregations. These resources are provided free of charge and made available through our web page. Please subscribe to and use any of these resources.

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost A, August 6, 2023

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost A, August 6, 2023

Jesus had just ordered these disciples to give the crowd something to eat.  In response to that order, the disciples protested.  They protested out their scarcity:  only five loaves… only two fish…  They implied the meagerness of the food in hand would prove insufficient for the massive crowd before them.  Jesus proceeded as if he hadn’t heard that word of protest.  He commanded the crowds to sit; he blessed the food; and handed it over to the disciples for distribution to the crowd.  There proved to be no scarcity.  The disciples’ protest proved unfounded.  Jesus provided abundance, not scarcity… and abundance extending to a surplus greater than the initial quantity.  So, too, you—today’s disciples of Jesus Christ—protest from the scarcity of this sin-broken world.  Jesus, however, bids you go forward, anticipating the abundance of faith, a surplus of provision delivered not from the scarcity of this world but the abundant life of the world to come.

Prayers from one who habitually lives from the scarcity of this sin-broken world and not the abundance of the world to come…

Heavenly Father, you pour out your abundance upon the righteous and unrighteous alike.  Grant that I would live from the abundance of your provision and not from the scarcity of my sin.  For Jesus’ sake.  Amen

Heavenly Father, you pour out your abundance upon the righteous and unrighteous alike.  Grant that I live in such confidence of your provision that I can pour myself out in usefulness.  For Jesus’ sake.  Amen

Heavenly Father, you pour out your abundance upon the righteous and unrighteous alike.  Grant that my neighbors benefit from my being useful such that they, too, come to know God’s provision for them.  For Jesus’ sake.  Amen

Heavenly Father, you pour out your abundance upon the righteous and unrighteous alike.  Grant me not to question the worthiness of those upon whom you pour out your provision but accept my role in delivering your provision for them through my vocations and callings. For Jesus’ sake.  Amen

Heavenly Father, you pour out your abundance upon the righteous and unrighteous alike.  Grant me to receive kindness from my neighbors as they deliver your provision to me through their vocations and callings.  For Jesus’ sake.  Amen

Heavenly Father, you pour out your abundance upon the righteous and unrighteous alike.  Grant that the Institute of Lutheran Theology receives your provision for it with thankfulness and gratitude.  For Jesus’ sake.  Amen

Heavenly Father, you pour out your abundance upon the righteous and unrighteous alike.  Hold me in your provision so that I live in the confidence of confessing, “Whether I live or whether I die, I am the Lord’s.”  For Jesus’ sake.  Amen

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