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Trinity 7
St. Mark 8:1-9
July 10, 2016

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, X and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The First Article of the Apostles’ Creed and the Fourth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer are in sync with one another. To believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth is the pre-requisite for praying “Give us this day our daily bread.” Without faith, there is no prayer. Without an expectation that God can give you what you ask for, there is no motivation for praying. Even if you pray because you think you should, or someone told you you should, there has to be at least the slightest expectation that God will hear your prayer and have the ability to grant it. Faith has to be present. Sometimes our prayers come from pain and suffering. Sometimes our prayers spring from weakness and distress. Sometimes our prayers come out of despair of everything else. But they always come from faith—no matter how faint we feel that faith is. Prayer can be proof to ourselves