A Guide for Daily Prayer and Meditation
For the Week of the Second Sunday in Advent – December 4 through December 11, 2022
We hope this guide helps you to delight in the Lord’s word and meditate on it night and day (Ps 118).
As you spend time in prayer and meditation, please note any questions that you have about the text for Pastor Thomas. Your feedback about this guide will also be appreciated.
Since the scripture readings are sequential, it may help to use three bookmarks in your Bible, one for each of the readings (Old Testament, Psalm, and New Testament).
Excerpts from the Large Catechism on the Third Commandment
God’s Word is the true “holy thing” above all holy things. Yes, it is the only one we Christians know and have…God’s Word is a treasure that sanctifies everything. By the Word even all the saints themselves were sanctified. (369:91)
Whenever God’s Word is taught, preached, heard, read, or meditated upon, then the person, day and work are sanctified. This is not because of the outward work, but because of the Word, which makes saints of us all. Therefore, I constantly say that all our life and work must be guided by God’s Word, if it is to be God-pleasing or holy. (369:92)
It is not only the people who greatly misuse and desecrate the holy day who sin against this commandment (those who neglect to hear God’s Word because of their greed or frivolity or lie in taverns and are dead drunk like swine). But even that other crowd sins. They listen to God’s Word like it was any other trifle and only come to preaching because of custom. They go away again, and at the end of the year they know as little of God’s Word as at the beginning. (369:96)
Even though you know God’s Word perfectly and are already a master in all things: you are daily in the devil’s kingdom. He ceases neither day nor night to sneak up on you and to kindle in your heart unbelief and wicked thoughts against these three commandments and all the commandments. Therefore, you must always have God’s Word in your heart, upon your lips, and in your ears. But where the heart is idle and the Word does not make a sound, the devil breaks in and has done the damage before we are aware. On the other hand, the Word is so effective that whenever it is seriously contemplated, heard, and used, it is bound never to be without fruit. It always awakens new understanding, pleasure, and devoutness and produces a pure heart and pure thoughts. For these words are not lazy or dead, but are creative, living words. (370:100-101)
The Order of Daily Prayer and Meditation
(Alternative short orders for Daily Prayer are on pp. 295-298 in our hymnal, Lutheran Service Book)
Pray and confess out loud as much from the order of meditation and prayer as you are able or based on your family size and ages.
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.
Verse: Luke 3:4b, 6
Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight; all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
The Catechism: The Ten Commandments – The Third Commandment
What is the Third Commandment?
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
What does this mean?
We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.
|Old Testament||Isaiah 4||Isaiah 5:1-12||Isaiah 5:13-30||Isaiah 6||Isaiah 7:1-9||Isaiah 8||Isaiah 9:1-7||Isaiah 9:8-10:4|
|New Testament||1 Cor 14:26-40||1 Cor 15:1-34||1 Cor 15:35-49||1 Cor 15:50-16:4||1 Cor 16:5-24||2 Cor 1:11||2 Cor 1:12-22||2 Cor 1:23=2:11|
Collect for the First Sunday in Advent
Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son, that by His coming we may be enabled to serve with pure minds; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Prayer based on the Third Commandment
Dear Lord, You teach me that the Sabbath was not instituted for laziness or fleshly lusts, but that it shall be kept holy by us. It is not kept by our works and our actions, which are unholy, but through the Word of God, which alone is completely pure and holy and sanctifies all that comes in contact with it, whether it be time, place, person, work, or rest. Through Your word all our works become holy, as Paul says in 1 Timothy 4:5: “Every creature is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer.” So I shall first of all hear and consider the Word of God, be thankful in this Word, praise God for all His blessings, and pray for myself and all the world. Amen. (Martin Luther)
Prayers for others and ourselves may be said, concluding with the Lord’s Prayer, said by all.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Hymn of the Month: LSB 370 What Child Is This
One or more verses from the hymn of the month are sung, or another hymn may be chosen.