daily prayer

[ "We are all beggars. This is true." - Martin Luther  ]

The original meaning of the English word 'pray' involves begging. The helplessness that we display through prayer is actually a sign of the divinely-planted knowledge of God that still survives and surfaces in every human mind and heart. And so we seek the only One who is able to answer the longings of our hearts; the one who has created us, redeemed us by His Son, and sanctified us by His Spirit.  If you've never prayed before, a great place to start is in Matthew 6:9-13, where Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray (often called 'The Lord's Prayer'):

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.

morning prayers

In the morning, O Lord, You hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for You and watch. My mouth is filled with Your praise, and with Your glory all the day. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise. 
[ Psalm 5:3; 71:8; 51:15 ]
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.
[Luther's Morning Prayer]

mealtime prayers

Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest,
and let these gifts to us be blest, Amen. [776]

God is great, God is good,
let us thank Him for our food.
By His hands, we are fed,
thank you, Lord, for daily bread. Amen.
Feed Thy children, God most holy;
comfort sinners poor and lowly.
O Thou Bread of Life from heaven,
bless the food Thou here hast given!
As these gifts the body nourish,
may our souls in graces flourish
Till with saints in heav'nly splendor
at Thy feast due thanks we render. [774]

All three hymns are from the Lutheran Service Book, (c) 2006 CPH.

Be present at our table, Lord; 
Be here and ev'rywhere adored; 
Thy creatures bless, and grant that we may feast in paradise with Thee. [775]

Lord God, heavenly Father, bless us and these Your gifts which we receive from Your bountiful goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. 

prayers at close of day

The Lord God Almighty grant us a quiet night and peace at the last. It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praise to Your name, O Most High; to herald Your love in the morning, Your truth at the close of the day.
[ Psalm 92:1-2 ]

Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
May angels watch me through the night, and keep me safe 'til morning light. Amen.

Lord, now you let your servant go in peace; Your word has been fulfilled. My own eyes have seen the salvation which You have prepared in the sight of every people: a light to reveal You to the nations and the glory of Your people Israel. [ Luke 2:29-32 ]

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.

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