A Guide for Daily Prayer and Meditation

                       For the Week of the Circumcision and Name of Jesus – January 8 through 15, 2023

The Lord bless you as you pray these out loud with your family. 

As you spend time in these texts, please write down questions and feedback for Pastor Thomas. 

Excerpts from the Large Catechism on the Eighth Commandment

Over and above our own body, spouse, and temporal possessions, we still have another treasure—honor and good reputation. We cannot do without these. For it is intolerable to live among people in open shame and general contempt. Therefore, God does not want the reputation, good name, and upright character of our neighbor to be taken away or diminished, just as with his money and possessions. He wants everyone to stand in his integrity before wife, children, servants, and neighbors…. The plainest meaning of this commandment … applies to the public courts of justice, where a poor, innocent man is accused and oppressed by false witnesses in order to be punished in his body, property, or honor. (388:255-257)

This commandment forbids all sins of the tongue, by which we may injure or confront our neighbor. To bear false witness is nothing else than a work of the tongue. Now, God prohibits whatever is done with the tongue against a fellow man. This applies to false preachers with their doctrine and blasphemy, false judges and witnesses with their verdict, or outside of court by lying and speaking evil. (389:263)

Here belongs particularly the detestable, shameful vice of speaking behind a person’s back and slandering, to which the devil spurs us on, and of which much could be said. For it is a common evil plague that everyone prefers hearing evil more than hearing good about his neighbor. We ourselves are so bad that we cannot allow anyone to say anything bad about us. Everyone would much prefer that all the world should speak of him in glowing terms. Yet we cannot bear that the best is spoken about others. (389:264)

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.

Morning Close of the Day

In the morning, O Lord, You hear my voice;

In the morning I prepare a sacrifice for You and watch

The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and peace at the last.


My mouth is filled with Your praise,

And with Your glory all the day.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,

To sing praise to Your name, O Most High;

O Lord, open my lips,

And my mouth will declare Your praise.

To herald Your love in the morning;

Your truth at the close of the day.

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.

Hymn of the Month: LSB 413 O Wondrous Type!

One or more verses from the hymn of the month are sung, or another hymn may be chosen.

Verse: Mark 1:11b

You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.

Daily Lectionary

  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Old Testament Isaiah 30:1-7 Isaiah 30:8-17 Isaiah 30:18-33 Isaiah 31 Isaiah 32 Isaiah 33 Isaiah 34 Isaiah 35
Psalm 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
New Testament John 4:16-45 John 4:46-5:17 John 5:18-47 John 6:1-21 John 6:22-40 John 6:41-59 John 6:60-71 John 7:1-24

The Catechism: The Ten Commandments – The Eighth Commandment

What is the Eighth Commandment?

      You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

What does this mean?

      We should fear and love God so that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, slander him, or hurt his reputation, but defend him, speak well of him, and explain everything in the kindest way.

The Apostles’ Creed is confessed

Lord’s Prayer

Prayers for Others and Ourselves

Collect for the Baptism of Our Lord

Father in heaven, at the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, You proclaimed Him Your beloved Son and anointed Him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized in His name faithful in their calling as Your children and inheritors with Him of everlasting life; 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 Eighth Commandment

I confess and ask for grace, because I have spent my life so sinfully and ungratefully with lies and evil speaking against my neighbors. And I owe them protection for all their honor and innocence just as I would like to have protection for myself. Lord, I am an evildoer and a sinner against Your divine commandment. Help me for I am helpless. Amen. (Martin Luther)

Morning Close of the Day

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 be well pleasing to you; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

I thank you my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that 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

Visit our dwellings, O Lord, and in Your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of Your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.

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.

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.