August 18, 2014


Matthew 26:36-46

A restaurant was recently featured in the news for offering a unique discount. It was not a discount for students or seniors. Instead, if the server observed a customer praying over their meal they received a fifteen percent discount.

St. Paul writes, “Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom 13:14) Praying (in public or private) is one way to clothe ourselves in thanksgiving and praise to God. Outward expressions of our Christian faith are not for the purpose of drawing attention to ourselves. But, when we engage in holy conversation with God (in public or private), we embrace and display an important garment modeled for us by Christ himself: Love of God and love of neighbor. Whereas an unexpected restaurant discount is always a nice surprise, a debt paid in full because of God’s love for us is worth a lifetime of gratefulness. And it is one-size-fits-all.

Prayer: Let our light so shine before others that they may see our good works and glorify you, our Father, in heaven. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Ken Reed,
Pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church, China Grove, NC.

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2 Responses to August 18, 2014

  1. Mary Millard says:

    Prayer is our chanel to God’s voice and a wonderful healing way of communication of the heart and spirit. Sadly I heard that the restaurant in the story succumbed to social pressure and removed the discount last week. This shows we have to pray for those who we do not understand and their reasoning. To pray for those who seek to disregard those who belive seems to be the most important prayers we can offer.

  2. Danny Ward says:

    In our society it is usually the opposite now. We have a group of Christian classmates who will meet for breakfast and fellowship. One of our classmates had been very ill, we decided to pray for her. There was another group in the room we had in this restaurant that began to mock us and talk more loudly as they were departing. We prayed for them also that they would come to a better understanding.

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