bible reading plan

talking with God | LORD'S prayer

november 1 - december 27 teaching series

"Suppose for a moment that there was a doctor who had such incredible talent that he could prevent people from dying, and bring those who had died back to life, never to die again. Just imagine how people would do whatever they could to be treated by this doctor! Now consider that in Holy Baptism, God actually does give us the gift of eternal life! Let’s learn more about this marvelous blessing." 
--Dr. A.L. Berry, "What About Baptism?"

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november 1 | introduction

Our Father who art in heaven.

What does this mean? With these words God tenderly invites us to believe that He is our true Father and that we are His true children, so that with all boldness and confidence we may ask Him as dear children ask their dear father.

Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 15:11-32; John 14; Hebrews 4; 1 Peter 1; Jude 1; Psalm 16

november 8 | first petition

Hallowed be Thy name.

What does this mean? God’s name is certainly holy in itself, but we pray in this petition that it may be kept holy among us also.

How is God’s name kept holy? God’s name is kept holy when the Word of God is taught in its truth and purity, and we, as the children of God, also lead holy lives according to it. Help us to do this, dear Father in heaven! But anyone who teaches or lives contrary to God’s Word profanes the name of God among us. Protect us from this, heavenly Father!

Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:9-13; Exodus 20; Isaiah 42; Numbers 6; Jeremiah 23; Psalm 8

november 15 | second petition

Thy kingdom come.

What does this mean? The kingdom of God certainly comes by itself without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may come to us also.

How does God’s kingdom come? God’s kingdom comes when our heavenly Father gives us His Holy Spirit, so that by His grace we believe His holy Word and lead godly lives here in time and there in eternity.

Matthew 6:9-13; John 18:33-40; Exodus 15; 2 Samuel 7; Isaiah 9; Colossians 1; Daniel 7; Luke 12; Psalm 110

november 22 | third petition

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

What does this mean? The good and gracious will of God is done even without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may be done among us also.

How is God’s will done? 
God’s will is done when He breaks and hinders every evil plan and purpose of the devil, the world, and our sinful nature, which do not want us to hallow God’s name or let His kingdom come; and when He strengthens and keeps us firm in His Word and faith until we die.

This is His good and gracious will.

Matthew 6:9-13; Matthew 26:36-56; John 6; 1 Timothy 2; 1 John 2; Job 1-2; Psalm 19

november 29 | fourth petition

december 6 | fifth petition

Give us this day our daily bread.

What does this mean? God certainly gives daily bread to everyone without our prayers, even to all evil people, but we pray in this petition that God would lead us to realize this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.

What is meant by daily bread? 
Daily bread includes everything that has to do with the support and needs of the body, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home, land, animals, money, goods, a devout husband or wife, devout children, devout workers, devout and faithful rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, self-control, good reputation, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like.

Matthew 6:9-13; Exodus 16:1-21; Acts 14; Isaiah 55; James 4; 1 Peter 5; Proverbs 30 Psalm 103
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

What does this mean?
We pray in this petition that our Father in heaven would not look at our sins, or deny our prayer because of them. We are neither worthy of the things for which we pray, nor have we deserved them, but we ask that He would give them all to us by grace, for we daily sin much and surely deserve nothing but punishment. So we too will sincerely forgive and gladly do good to those who sin against us.

Matthew 6:9-13; Matthew 18:1-35; Psalm 130; Proverbs 28; Genesis 50; Romans 5; Psalm 32

december 13 | sixth petition

december 20 | seventh petition

And lead us not into temptation.

What does this mean? God tempts no one. We pray in this petition that God would guard and keep us so that the devil, the world, and our sinful nature may not deceive us or mislead us into false belief, despair, and other great shame and vice. Although we are attacked by these things, we pray that we may finally overcome them and win the victory.

Matthew 6:9-13; Mark 4:1-20; Matthew 27:1-10; Galatians 5; Romans 13; Genesis 22; Psalm 91
But deliver us from evil.

What does this mean? We pray in this petition, in summary, that our Father in heaven would rescue us from every evil of body and soul, possessions and reputation, and finally, when our last hour comes, give us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this valley of sorrow to Himself in heaven.

Matthew 6:9-13; Genesis 3:1-19; Psalm 121; Daniel 3; Matthew 13:24-39; Ezekiel 28; Psalm 90

december 24 | mary's prayer

december 27 | family prayer

Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 1
For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.* Amen.

What does this mean?
This means that I should be certain that these petitions are pleasing to our Father in heaven, and are heard by 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.”

Matthew 6:9-13; 1 Chronicles 29; Ephesians 3; 1 Timothy 1; Proverbs 15; Psalm 99