May 3 Leviticus 21:1–24; Luke 12:1–12
May 4 Leviticus 23:1–22; Luke 12:13–34
May 5 Leviticus 23:23–44; Luke 12:35–53
May 6 Leviticus 24:1–23; Luke 12:54—13:17; Leviticus 25:1–55
May 7 Leviticus 26:1–20; Luke 13:18–35
May 8 Leviticus 26:21–33, 39–44; Luke 14:1–24; Numbers 1:1—2:34
ROGATE—THE Sixth SUNDAY oF EASTER
“Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.” (John 16:23–33) To pray in Jesus’ name is to pray as one baptized. For it is in the water that He put His name upon you, claiming you as His own, making you sons of God in Him with access to the Father. By His incarnation and crucifixion our Lord Jesus broke through the barrier of sin which separated us from God, opening a portal to the Father. To pray in Jesus’ name is to pray with faith in Him as the one Mediator between God and men, who gave Himself a ransom for all. (I Timothy 2:1–6) Like Moses in the wilderness, Jesus is our go-between and intercessor before the throne of heaven. He was lifted up for us on the cross that we might be saved and restored to fellowship with the Father. (Numbers 21:4–9) Looking into this perfect teaching of liberty (James 1:22–27) we pray with boldness and confidence as dear children of God.
O God our Father, from whom all good things do come, grant to us, Your humble servants, that by Your holy inspiration we may think those things that be right and by Your merciful guiding may perform them; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Savior, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Old Testament: Numbers 21:4–9 [Bronze snake]
Epistle: 1 Timothy 2:1–6 [Pray for all]
Holy Gospel: John 16:23–30 (31–33) [Ask and you will receive]