Luther's Small Catechism defines prayer as "an act of worship wherein we bring our petitions before God with our hearts and lips and offer up praise and thanksgiving to Him."
Please pray for the following who are ill or have special needs and concerns, and remember to thank Him when He has healed them:
Albert and Anne Brann, members of Christ Lutheran
March 2, Rodney Donahue
Give thanks for another year of married life for:
March 17, Jonathan and Angie Redd
Finally, the Prayers of the Church for the First Sunday in Lent:
Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.
O Lord, in the temptation of Your Son, He forsook the trophies of this world to cling steadfast to the one thing needful, the Word of God. Grant that, especially in an affluent society, we may always remember that where our treasures are, there will our hearts be also. By grace, may our greatest treasure always be Your gifts of forgiveness and eternal salvation. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
O loving Father, there are many around us who are in desperate need. We remember especially those who are unemployed, underemployed and who are struggling to receive their daily bread with thanksgiving. Grant that all of Your people, in want or in wealth, may look to You alone as the One who meets our every need and who graciously provides all that we require to support this body and life. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord of the Church, You have established the Office of the Holy Ministry to bring the gifts of the Gospel to the people of God. Grant us a deep appreciation for the work of our pastors. Help us to see them as workers together in the same vineyard, as stewards of the mysteries of God and as faithful shepherds of Your flock, that our pastors may rightly deliver and Your people may joyfully receive all the gifts that Christ freely gives in this place. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
O Lord God, You have established the kingdoms of this world to reward good and punish evil. Grant us good government as part of our daily bread. Make our public servants faithful in all that they do, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
O God, there are many around us who have various needs, [especially especially those named above]. Fix their eyes on You as the One who alone can rescue them from any peril. Grant us daily prayer for those in need, whether in this congregation, in the larger communion of saints or throughout the world. Spare us, good Lord, for You alone can fight for us. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Heavenly Father, You have left us the body and blood of Your Son for us Christians to eat and to drink. Grant penitent hearts and steadfast faith to all who receive the Sacrament at this altar this day, that they may learn from this meal to love God, to believe that only Christ could make satisfaction for our sins and to love their neighbors as themselves. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Deliverer from death and the grave, receive this day our humble thanks for all Your children whom Your Spirit has kept in saving faith through the Word and who now rest from their labors. Bring us to share with them the joys of Your unending feast. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Adapted from prayers published by the Commission on Worship,
LC-MS, and used by permission.