Lent Devotion for March 16

Reading: 2 Peter 1:12–15

Luther’s Small Catechism has a lovely little section on daily prayers. It gives us a rubric to pray in the morning, evening, and for each meal. Luther bids us on each occasion to say the Invocation, Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer. That’s five times every single day of the week reciting each of those. Over the course of a lifetime, that’s a lot of recounting of the promises and truths of God!

Luther really is just taking the example that the Word gives us, bidding us to keep the truth of the Word in our hearts, on our mind, and on our lips “when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deuteronomy 11:19). We should always remind one another of the great truths and promises of our God: Jesus Christ crucified and risen for you!

Holy Lord, You are the author of all truth and have given us salvation. Place Your Word in our hearts, on our minds, and on our lips, that the praise of You may always be found wherever we go; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

O teach them with all diligence
The truths of God’s own Word,
To place in Him their confidence,
To fear and trust their Lord, (LSB 867:4)


Joseph Highley (Sem IV, CSL)