Epaphras Prayer Letter

Christ the King Sunday

Week of November 15, 2021 | Sunday, November 21, 2021

“It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work…” (Mk. 13:34). How like Jesus! Here he is first pronouncing a cataclysmic sort of destruction as this old creation passes away; then he puts the whole thing under a cloud of uncertain timing. Only the Father knows the timing of the cataclysm. To what does he liken himself and the Father? He likens them to man who has left his home and gone on a journey. We know that we are never without their presence but, nonetheless, this is the metaphor Jesus uses. So, what about the household left behind? Jesus tells us that we, the servants of the household, all have work particular to us. This simply means our vocations in the home, the community, the workplace, and the congregation. Jesus sets no one on a quest in preparation of the end times. He sends us home (Mk. 2:11; Mk. 7:15; Mk. 8:26 among others). It is simply enough that the find us carrying out those useful tasks—no matter how boring and repetitive—with an attitude of expectant anticipation. As we wait, we pray, “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev. 22:20).


Prayers from one sent home to live and work until that final day…


Heavenly Father, hold me in the faith of Jesus Christ by the working of your Holy Spirit that I may wait and watch for the day of the Lord while carrying out those tasks you have given me in home, in community, in workplace, and in congregation. For Jesus’ sake. Amen


Heavenly Father, hold me in the faith of Jesus Christ by the working of your Holy Spirit that I would not grow weary of those tasks you’ve given me and abandon them for a religious quest of my own devising. For Jesus’ sake. Amen


Heavenly Father, hold me in the faith of Jesus Christ by the working of your Holy Spirit that I would hear the precious gospel of your Son, to know that my sins are forgiven, to be content with the righteousness of your Son, and not to covet a righteousness of my own. For Jesus’ sake. Amen


Heavenly Father, hold me in the faith of Jesus Christ by the working of your Holy Spirit that I would be a useful neighbor, fulfilling the duties of all my vocations. For Jesus’ sake. Amen


Heavenly Father, hold me in the faith of Jesus Christ by the working of your Holy Spirit that I receive the failures of my neighbors, not with anger, but with the same forgiveness with which Christ has received my failures. For Jesus’ sake. Amen


Heavenly Father, hold the Institute of Lutheran Theology, its students, faculty, and staff in the faith of Jesus Christ by the working of your Holy Spirit that it may raise up preachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ to send into future generations. For Jesus’ sake. Amen


Heavenly Father, hold me in the faith of Jesus Christ by the working of your Holy Spirit that I would not have ears to hear the entreaties of false messiahs but have ears for only the true word, who is Jesus Christ, handed over by my preacher. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.

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