A Reading from the Book of Concord 1 year series May 5, 2013 - Rogate: Sixth Sunday of Easter
The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Gospel, John 16:23-30 for the Rogate: Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 5, 2013.
It is from Large Catechism, Part I: The Ten Commandments.
Prayer is not an option for the Baptized believers and Christ's Church. It is a gift of God by which we are privileged, invited, and even commanded to call upon the name of the one true God--asking for every good and gracious blessing He bestows according to the promises of His Word.
THE SECOND COMMANDMENT You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.
62] Now you understand what it means to take God's name in vain. In sum it means (a) to use His name simply for purposes of falsehood, (b) to assert in God's name something that is not true, or, (c) to curse, swear, summon the devil, and, in short, to practice whatever wickedness one may.
63] Besides this you must also know how to use the God's name rightly. For when He says, "You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain," He wants us to understand at the same time that His name is to be used properly. For His name has been revealed and given to us so that it may be of constant use and profit. 64] So it is a natural to conclude that since this commandment forbids using the holy name for falsehood or wickedness, we are, on the other hand, commanded to use His name for truth and for all good, like when someone takes an oath truthfully when it is needed and it is demanded (Numbers 30:2). This commandment also applies to right teaching and to calling on His name in trouble or praising and thanking Him in prosperity, and so on. All of this is summed up and commanded in Psalm 50:15, "Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me." For all this is bringing God's name into the service of truth and using it in a blessed way. In this way His name is hallowed, as we pray in the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9).
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Lord grant you faith in His grace alone for your salvation unto eternal life. Amen