Sunday, February 18, 2024

Bible Study with M.T. Clark - The Garland of Prayer & The Traveler's Psalm - 02/18/2024

 Today's Bible Study, Authored by M.T. Clark. 02/18/2024

Listen to our Bible Study Discussion at: The Garland of Prayer & THe Traveler's Psalm Podcast

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The Garland of Prayer & The Traveler’s Psalm

Through our walkthrough of Gracia Grindal’s 40Day Journey with Martin Luther, we discovered the “Garland of Prayer”, a process that Martin Luther used in his prayer life to meditate on The Ten Commandments or the Lord’s Prayer – and presumably other passages of scripture in which he stated that he would:   

“…take one part after another and free myself as much as possible from distractions in order to pray…. (and)…divide each Commandment (scripture)…into four parts, thereby fashioning a garland of four strands. That is, I think of each commandment (portion of scripture ) as, first, instruction, which is really what it is intended to be, and consider what the Lord God demands of me so earnestly. Second, I turn it into a Thanksgiving; third, a confession; fourth, a prayer.

Upon reflecting on Luther’s garland of prayer, I realized that it was a logical, sound, and quite frankly natural process that Luther was describing.  This is how the Lord causes us to respond to His voice – His revealed will in His word.  We are to engage with scripture and:

·       consider it as instruction – asking the Lord what He would have us do with our lives

·       let it bring us to a place of thanksgiving – knowing we are loved by God, that we are not alone, and that He is good.

·       let it convict our hearts with the revelation that we will fail in keeping our instructions perfectly thus causing us to realize our need for Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  Which will cause us to:

·       Pray, that the Lord be with us to help us, strengthen us, and to guide us to always follow Him.

Well, this morning as a replacement for our normal Bible with the Cincotti’s, which I canceled because of logistical and family concerns, -we are on vacation at Disney World and that sort of throws off our normal schedule of programming,  I have decided to do a short Bible Study where I use Martin Luther’s process to walk through what other’s have called the traveler’s psalms.   And so let’s do it.   

Psalm 121:1-8 (NKJV)
1  I will lift up my eyes to the hills-- From whence comes my help?
2  My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.
3  He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.
4  Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5  The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
6  The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night.
7  The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.
8  The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.


My comments will be off the cuff after I read through the psalm and invite you to listen to the podcast or watch it on YouTube to see how putting the Traveler’s Psalm through Martin Luther’s Garland of Prayer goes.  

I pray that this message finds anyone reading or listening well, and hope you celebrate this first Sunday during the Lenten Season to draw close to God and to enjoy some fellowship with the body of Christ. 

God bless you all,

MT Clark

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