This week we are blessed to be led in worship by Bishop Paul Smith who will be reflecting on our Synod theme: “Lord teach us to pray: God promises to hear us”.

Each year as the Queensland District gathers together it has been recently focussing on the different sections of Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, and as you may have guessed, this year we are focusing on the section where the Lord’s
Prayer is explained.

Especially we are focusing on the conclusion where Luther wrote following the ‘Amen’: What does this mean? This means that I should be certain that these petitions are pleasing to our Father in heaven, and are heardby Him; for He Himself has commanded us to pray in this way and has promised to hear us. Amen, amen means “yes, yes, it shall be so.”

We can be confident in prayer knowing that God promises to hear us. And this promise should inspire us and encourage us, and make us keen and eager to
pray. God makes this promise to us so that we don’t look down on our prayers or treat them lightly, and instead, take our opportunity to pray seriously.

May you be encouraged as you pray,
knowing that God promises to hear us. – Pastor Ben Hentschke.

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