Devotional Study Guide for Lent Using Praying the Gospels with Martin Luther

Devotional Study for Lent (2017  –  Lectionary Year A)

 following prayers in Praying the Gospels with Martin Luther

(I’ve tried to match the texts of Luther’s sermons as closely to our current Lectionary Cycle as his texts permit. I’ve placed the upcoming Sunday’s sermon text on Mondays so it can be a guide for reflection on the whole week of prayers. I have also tried to match the midweek prayers to the theme as much as possible.)

Feb. 28    Tuesday      Read the Introduction     …p. 3

March 1  Ash Wednesday – 2017

Luke 18:9–14  Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector  (p.172)

When Proud of One’s Religious Practices

 March 2  (Thursday)

Preparation for 1st SUNDAY in Lent – March 9

Matthew 4:1–11  Jesus Tempted in the Wilderness (p.12)

When Tempted

March 3  (Friday)

Luke 11:14–23   Jesus and Beelzebul  (p.144)

Struggling to be Righteous

 March 4  (Saturday)

Luke 16:19–31   The Rich Man and Lazarus  (p.164)

When I Trust in Outward Appearances

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 March 6  (Monday)

Preparation for 2nd SUNDAY in Lent – March 12

John 3:1–15    Nicodemus Visits Jesus  (p.208)

Becoming a New Person

March 7  (Tuesday)

John 14:23–31   The Promise of the Holy Spirit  (p.240)

Changing the Heart

March 8  (Wednesday)

Matthew 2:1–12  The Wise Men Meet the Christ Child  (p.8)

Humility: Resisting Self-Importance

March 9  (Thursday)

Mark 7:31–37     Jesus Heals a Man Deaf and Mute  (p.92)

Becoming a Witness

March 10  (Friday)

Matthew 11:2–11  John the Baptist Sends Messengers to Jesus  (p.44)

To Show Love for God

March 11  (Saturday)

Luke 6:36–42   Teaching on Forgiveness and Judgment  (p.128)

 On Mercy and Justice

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 March 13  (Monday)

Preparation for 3rd SUNDAY in Lent –  March 19

John 4:46–54   Jesus Heals the Official’s Son  (p.216)

Faith Grows with Testing

March 14  (Tuesday)

John 8:46–59   Glorifying the Father instead of Abraham  (p.228)

When the Truth is Criticized

March 15  (Wednesday)

Luke 17:11–19    Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers   (p.168)

Growth in Faith

March 16  (Thursday)

Luke 5:1–11  Jesus Calls the First Disciples (p.124)

When Frustrated with Self-Effort

March 17  (Friday)

Luke 16:1–9    The Parable of the Shrewd Manager  (p.160)

When I Possess More than I Need

March 18  (Saturday)

Matthew 22:15–22   The Question about Paying Taxes (p.72)

When Trusting in Human Ways

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 March 20  (Monday)

Preparation for 4th SUNDAY in Lent – March 26 

Matthew 23:34–39   Woes to the Pharisees  (p.80)

Protected under Christ

March 21  (Tuesday)

John 1:1928   The Testimony of John the Baptist  (p.200)

Salvation is Today

March 22  (Wednesday)

Matthew 9:1–8   Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralytic  (p.36)

 Grace, not Works or Law

March 23  (Thursday)

Luke 14:1–11   Jesus Heals on the Sabbath and Teaches Humility  (p.148)

The Spirit of the Law

March 24  (Friday)

Matthew 8:1–13  Jesus Cleanses a Leper, Heals a Centurion’s Servant  (p.28)

Christian Motivation

March 25  (Saturday)

Matthew 18:23–35   Parable of the Unforgiving Servant  (p.56)

Power to Forgive

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 March 27 (Monday)

Preparation for 6th SUNDAY in Lent – April 2 

Luke 7:11–17    Jesus Raises the Widow’s Son at Nain  (p.132)

When Misfortune Strikes

March 28  (Tuesday)

Matthew 8:23–27   Jesus Stills the Storm  (p.32)

Fear in Trials

March 29  (Wednesday)

Matthew 6:24–34    Do Not Worry about Tomorrow  (p. 20)

Worry

March 30  (Thursday)

Matthew 5:20–26   Jesus’ Teaching Clarifies the Law  (p.16)

When Feeling Angry

March 31  (Friday)

Luke 2:41–52    Twelve-Year-Old Jesus in the Temple  (p.120)

When Anxious

April 1  (Saturday)

Luke 18:31–43   A Blind Man Recognizes the Messiah (p.176)

Concerning Reason and Rules

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 April 3  (Monday)

Preparation for PALM SUNDAY – April 9  

Matthew 21:19    Jesus’ Entry into Jerusalem  (p.64 )

Christian Living

April 4  (Tuesday)

Luke 2:33–40  Jesus is Brought to the Temple  (p.116)

How to Serve Jesus

April 5  (Wednesday)

Matthew 25:31–46  Separating the Sheep and Goats  (p.88)

Faith Bears Fruit

April 6  (Thursday)

Matthew 20:1–16   The Laborers in the Vineyard  (p.60)

Why Do I Work?

April 7  (Friday)

Luke 2:15–20  The Shepherds Visit Jesus  (p.112)

Self-Assessment

April 8  (Saturday)

Luke 8:4–15   The Parable of the Sower  (p.136)

What Kind of Christian Am I

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 April 10 (Monday)

Preparation for Easter Sunday – April 16 

 Mark 16:1–8    The Resurrection of Jesus  (p.100)

April 11  (Tuesday)

John 15:26–16:4   Persecution for Following Christ  (p.244)

Knowing the Truth

April 12  (Wednesday)

Matthew 24:15–28   The Great Tribulation  (p.84)

Trusting in Christ, not in Works

April 13  Maundy Thursday

A Prayer for Confession and the Lord’s Supper  (p.272)

April 14  Good Friday

How to Contemplate  Christ’s Sufferings  (p.268)

April 15  Vigil of Easter  (Saturday)

John 16:16–23   Sorrow Will Turn into Joy  (p.252)

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April 17  (Monday)

Preparation for 2nd Sunday of Easter –  April 23 

John 20:19–31   Jesus Appears to His Disciples  (p.260)

Seeking Peace

April 18  (Tuesday)

Matthew 9:18–26   A Girl Restored to Life/Woman Healed  (p.40)

Power in Prayer

April 19  (Wednesday)

John 16:23–30   Jesus Mediates for Us  (p.256)

The Practice of Prayer

April 20  (Thursday)

Matthew 15:21–28    The Canaanite Woman’s Faith  (p.52)

When Prayer Seems to Fail

April 21  (Friday)

John 2:1–11   The Wedding in Cana  (p.204)

A New Perspective of the Law

April 22  (Saturday)

Luke 19:41–48   Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem  (p.180)

False Security

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 April 24  (Monday)

Preparation for 3rd Sunday of Easter –  April 30 

Luke 24:13–35   The Walk to Emmaus   (p.188)

 Coming to Holy Communion

April 25  (Tuesday)

Mark 16:14–20    Jesus Commissions the Disciples  (p.104)

When My Faith is Weak

April 26  (Wednesday)

Mark 8:1–9    Jesus Feeds Four Thousand   (p.96)

 In Times of Need

April 27  (Thursday)

John 6:1–15    Feeding the Five Thousand   (p.220)

 Nourishment for the Soul

April 28  (Friday)

Luke 14:16–24  The Parable of the Invitation to the Great Feast  (p.152)

For the Poor and Weak

April 29  (Saturday)

Matthew 22:1–14   The Parable of the Wedding Banquet  (p.68)

Married to Christ

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 May 1 (Monday)

Preparation for 4th Sunday of Easter – May 7

John 10:1–11   Jesus the Gatekeeper  (p.232)

The Right of Sheep to Judge

 April 2  (Tuesday)

John 10:11–16   Jesus the Good Shepherd   (p.236)

Discerning True & False Shepherds

May 3  (Wednesday)

Matthew 13:24–30  Parable of Weeds among the Wheat  (p.48)

 On Judging Others

May 4  (Thursday)

Luke 14:1-11   Jesus Heals on the Sabbath & Teaches Humility  (p.148)

 The Spirit of the Law

May 5  (Friday)

Matthew 22:34–46   The Greatest Commandment  (p.76)

The Purpose of the Law

May 6  (Saturday)

Matthew 7:15–23   People Are Known by Their Fruits  (p.24)

Assessing True Teaching

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May 8 (Monday)

Preparation for 5th Sunday of Easter –  May 14

John 1:1–14   Jesus is the Living Word  (p.196)

The Image of God

 May 9  (Tuesday)

John 3:16–21   God’s Love for the World  (p.212)

Trusting in a Good God

May 10  (Wednesday)

John 6:44–51    The Bread of Life  (p.224 )

God’s Goodness

May 11  (Thursday)

Luke 2:1–14   Jesus’ Birth and Announcement to the Shepherds  (p.108)

Christ in the Poor

 May 12  (Friday)

John 21:19–24   Jesus Redirects Peter’s Concern  (p.264)

What does God want me to do?

 May 13  (Saturday)

Luke 15:1–1   The Parable of the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin   (p.156)

A Gospel for All People

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May 15 (Monday)

Preparation for 6th Sunday of Easter – May 21 

Review Luke 14:1-11 (p.148)  &  Luke 15:1-10 (p.156)

Love One Another

May 16  (Tuesday)

Luke 21:25–36   The Coming of the Son of Man  (p.184)

Awaiting the Kingdom

May 17  (Wednesday)

Luke 10:23–37   The Parable of the Good Samaritan  (p.140)

Seeking Eternal Life

May 25  (Ascension Day – Thursday)

Luke 24:36-47   The Ascension of Jesus   (p.192)

Regret for Having Sinned

Preparation for Pentecost Sunday – June 4

John 16:5–15   The Work of the Spirit  (p.248)  The Spiritual Kingdom

 

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