A Guide for Daily Prayer and Meditation
For the Week of the First Sunday in Advent - November 27 through December 3, 2022
This is our introductory issue of A Guide for Daily Prayer and Meditation. The Lord bless you richly as He comes to you through His Word.
The book of Psalms starts with this promise:
Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers. (Psalm 1:1-3)
The purpose of this guide is to help us to train ourselves to delight in the Lord’s word, and meditate on it night and day. The Lord’s Word is our treasure (Ps 19:10), our joy (Ps 119:111), our light and salvation (Ps 119:105). It gives us wisdom (Ps 119:98) and peace (Ps 119:165) and all the treasures of heaven. The Lord’s Word also informs our prayers. Our sinful nature does not know how to believe in God, and so it does not know how to pray or meditate on the Scriptures. These things are taught to us by the Lord Himself. The disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray,” (Luke 11:1), and we ask the same thing, that the Lord would make us His students, that He would open our hears to hear His Word, and open our lips to “make our requests known to Him” (Philippians 4:6).
The Lord meets us where we are at, young and old, newbies and scholars of His Word. This guide is intended to be flexible enough for you and or your family to use how and when you can. We want it to enhance devotional life as you daily examine, and are examined by, the Word of God, then respond in prayer to the heavenly Father. If the readings are too much for your situation, then just select a portion to read and meditate on.
If you do not already have habits for daily devotions, I encourage you to set aside some time every day, even if it is just a few minutes, and pray for the Lord’s help. A useful workbook for gradually developing a daily devotional habit, “The Devotional Challenge Book”, is available for anyone who wants a copy. If you already have a routine, we hope this guide can enhance it without too much disruption.
You may follow the outline for “Daily Prayer & Meditation”. Or you may choose a short order for Daily Prayer from our hymnal, Lutheran Service Book (LSB) pp. 295-298.
Each week, we will prepare a sheet including scripture readings (from “Reading the Word of God”1), a Verse and Collect for the week, a Catechism lesson, and our “hymn of the month”. We will be meditating on the same text (along with Lutherans across the continent) as we walk together as the body of Christ.
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.
The Order of Daily Prayer and Meditation
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: Psalm 24:7
Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
The Catechism: The Ten Commandments – The First and Second Commandments
What is the First Commandment?
You shall have no other gods.
What does this mean?
We should fear love, and trust in God above all things.
What is the Second Commandment?
You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
What does this mean?
We should fear and love God so that we do not curse, swear, use satanic arts, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.
|Old Testament||1 Chron 29||Isaiah 1:1-17||Isaiah 1:18-31||Isaiah 2:1-5||Isaiah 2:6-22||Isaiah 3:1-17||Isaiah 3:18-26||Isaiah 4|
|1 Cor 10:23-11:16||1 Cor 11:17-34||1 Cor 12:1-11||1 Cor 12:12-31||1 Cor 13||1 Cor 14:1-25||1 Cor 14:26-40|
Collect for the First Sunday in Advent
Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Prayers for others and ourselves may be said, concluding with the Lord’s Prayer, said by all.
Hymn of the Month: LSB 834 O God, O Lord of Heaven and Earth
One or more verses from the hymn of the month are sung, or another hymn may be chosen.