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Leader: O Lord, open my lips.
All: And my mouth will declare Your praise.
L: Make haste, O God, to deliver me.
A: Make haste to help me, O Lord. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. Praise to You, O Christ. Alleluiah.
PROPERS OF THE DAY
PSALM: AROUND THE WORLD: THEOLOGY FOR THE CURIOUS CHRISTIAN <OR> DAILY PSALM <OR> PORTALS OF PRAYER DAILY PSALM
SCRIPTURE READINGS: DAILY OLD TESTAMENT/NEW TESTAMENT READINGS <OR> AROUND THE WORLD: THEOLOGY FOR THE CURIOUS CHRISTIAN <OR> PORTALS OF PRAYER DAILY BIBLE READING
DEVOTIONS: "CRUMBS," BY THE REV. CARL M. ZORN <OR> HIGHER THINGS "REFLECTIONS" <OR> AROUND THE WORLD: THEOLOGY FOR THE CURIOUS CHRISTIAN <OR> FIVE MINUTES A DAY WITH LUTHER <OR> PORTALS OF PRAYER
SUFFRAGES (PRAYER PETITIONS): L: I cry to You, O Lord;
A: my prayer comes before You.
L: My mouth is filled with Your praise,
A: and with Your honor all day long.
L: O Lord, hide Your face from my sins,
A: and blot out all my iniquities.
L: Blessed are You, O Lord God of our fathers,
A: and greatly to be praised and glorified forever.
L: Blessed be the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
A: We praise and magnify Him forever.
L: Blessed are You, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven
A: and greatly to be praised and glorified and highly exalted forever.
L: The almighty and merciful Lord bless and preserve us.
L: Be pleased, O Lord, this day
A: to keep us without sin.
L: O Lord, have mercy upon us.
A: Have mercy upon us.
L: O Lord, let Your mercy be upon us.
A: As our trust is in you.
L: Hear my prayer, O Lord.
A: And let my cry come unto you.
MORNING PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, Who, as the truly patient Lamb of God, did suffer for me the most shameful death upon the cross and with Your precious blood did redeem me from all my sins, from death and from the power of the devil, give me the assurance of this redemption through Your Holy Word, govern my heart with Your Holy Spirit, preserve me with Your divine love, and hide me this day, both in soul and body, in Your holy wounds. Wash me clean from all my sins, teach me to live a life of good works, and finally lead me from this world of sorrows to Your eternal joy and glory, O most faithful Savior, Jesus Christ, my only Comfort, Hope and Life. Amen.
LUTHER’S MORNING PRAYER: I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen
EVENING PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, O patient Lamb of God, O holy Sacrificial Offering for all my sins, and not only for my sins, but for the sins of the whole world, I heartily thank You for graciously keeping my body and soul under Your protecting care this day. And I ask that You would graciously pardon and forgive all the sins which I have committed this day, both through the weakness of my sinful nature and the temptations of the evil one, all of which sorely oppress my heart and conscience. Cover me this night with the wings of Your grace and grant that my body may sleep in safety while my soul watches for Your glorious coming in Judgment, ready to enter Your blessed Kingdom of Glory. Grant this, O Lord, for the sake of Your suffering and death. Amen.
LUTHER’S EVENING PRAYER: I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.
OTHER PRAYERS (OPTIONAL - SEE BELOW)
L: Let us bless the Lord.
A: Thanks be to God.
L: The Lord bless us, defend us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.
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DAILY PRAYERS AND CONFESSION OF FAITH
We should pray for everything we need which is to the glory of God, and for both our own and our neighbor’s welfare, temporal (life-long needs pertaining to the body) and spiritual (our eternal welfare in the faith). When we pray we distinguish between temporal and spiritual benefits. For the former we always ask, “If You will, O Lord,” while for the latter we ask without condition, trusting that God will always grant us His eternal salvation. We also pray in order to praise God for His greatness and to thank Him for His many blessings.” (What Do Lutherans Believe? W. Snyder, 42)
CREED AND MORNING PRAYERS (To be prayed after awaking or at the breakfast table – before the busyness of the day)
(The sign of the cross + may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism)
In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Luther’s Morning Prayer: I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.
Almighty God, merciful Father, Who created and completed all things, on this day when the work of our calling begins anew, we implore You to create its beginning, direct its continuance, and bless its end, that our doings may be preserved from sin, our life sanctified, and our work this day be well-pleasing to You; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Come, very Son of truth and love, come in Thy radiance from above, and shed the Holy Spirit’s ray on all we think and do today. Amen. (TLH 550, vs. 2)
Faithful God, Whose mercies are new to us every morning, we humbly pray that You would look upon us in mercy and renew us by Your Holy Spirit. Keep safe our going out and our coming in, and let Your blessing remain with us throughout this day. Preserve us in Your righteousness, and grant us a portion in that eternal life which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
NOONTIME AND EVENING PRAYERS (To be prayed prior to lunch or during a midday break; following supper or prior to retiring to bed for the evening)
Blessed Lord Jesus Christ, at this hour You hung upon the cross, stretching out Your loving arms to embrace the world in Your death. Grant that all people of the earth may look to You and see their salvation; for Your mercy’s sake we pray. Amen.
Heavenly Father, send Your Holy Spirit into our hearts to direct and rule us according to Your will, to comfort us in all our afflictions, to defend us form all error, and to lead us into all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest, and let Thy gifts to us be blessed. O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endures forever. Amen.
Lord God, heavenly Father, bless us and these Your gifts which we receive from Your bountiful goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Heavenly Father, bless this food, to Thy glory and our good. Amen.
Our hands we fold our heads we bow, for food and drink we thank You now. Amen.
Luther’s Evening Prayer: I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.
Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me; bless Thy little lamb tonight: Through the darkness be Thou near me, keep me safe till morning light. All this day Thy hand hast led me, and I thank Thee for Thy care; Thou hast clothed me, warmed and fed me; listen to my evening prayer. May my sins be all forgiven; bless the friends I love so well; take us all at last to heaven, happy there with Thee to dwell. Amen. (Jesus, Tender Shepherd, Hear Me)
Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask Thee to stay close by me forever and love me, I pray. Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care, and take us to heaven to live with Thee there. Amen. (Away in a Manger, v. 3)
Lord Jesus, Who does love me, now spread Thy wings above me and shield me from alarm. Though Satan would devour me, let angel guards sing o’er me: “This child of God shall meet no harm.” Amen. (Now Rest Beneath Night's Shadow, v. 5)
Now the light has gone away; Father listen while I pray, asking Thee to watch and keep and to send me quiet sleep. Jesus Savior wash away all that has been wrong today; help me every day to be good and gentle, more like Thee. Let my near and dear ones be always near and dear to Thee; O bring me and all I love to Thy happy home above. Now my evening praise I give; Thou didst die that I might live. All my blessings come from Thee; Oh, how good Thou art to me! Thou my best and kindest Friend, Thou wilt love me to the end. Let me love Thee more and more, always better than before. Amen. (Now the Light Has Gone Away, vs. 1-5)
Gracious Lord, we give You thanks for the day, especially for the good we were permitted to give and to receive. The day is now past, and we commit it to You. We entrust to You the night and rest in Your peace, for You are our help, and You neither slumber nor sleep. Drive from us, we pray, all the snares of the enemy. Be our light in the darkness, and in Your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night. Let Your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let Your blessing be on us always. Hear us for the sake of Your Name. Amen.
All praise to Thee, my God, this night for all the blessings of the light. Keep me, oh, keep me, King of kings, beneath Thine own almighty wings. Forgive me, Lord, for Thy dear Son, the ill that I this day have done; that with the world, myself, and Thee, I, ere I sleep, at peace may be. Teach me to live that I may dread the grave as little as my bed. Teach me to die that so I may rise glorious at the awesome day. Oh, may my soul in Thee repose, and may sweet sleep mine eyelids close, sleep that shall me more vigorous make to serve my God when I awake! Praise God, from Whom al blessings flow, praise Him, all creatures here below; praise Him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen. (All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night, vs. 1-4, 6)