A Guide for Daily Prayer and Meditation
For the Week of the Circumcision and Name of Jesus – January 15 through 22, 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 Ninth Commandment
No one should consider or intend to get what belongs to another, such as his wife, servants, house, estate, land, meadows, cattle. He should not take them with a show of right, by a trick, or to his neighbor’s harm. For above, in the Seventh Commandment, the vice is forbidden where one takes for himself the possessions of others or withholds them from his neighbor. A person cannot rightly do these things. But here it is also forbidden for you to alienate anything from your neighbor, even though you could do so with honor in the eyes of the world, so that no one could accuse or blame you as though you had gotten it wrongfully. (393:296)
For our natural instinct is that no one wants to see someone else have as much as himself. Each one acquires as much as he can. The other may do as best he can. Yet we pretend to be godly, know how to dress ourselves up most finely, and conceal our base character. We resort to invent tricky ways and deceitful works (like those that are now most ingeniously invented). We act as though these ways were derived from the legal codes. In fact, we even dare properly to refer to the law and boast about it. We will not have this called trickery, but shrewdness and caution. Lawyers and jurists assist in this who twist and stretch the law to suit their cause. They stress words and use them for a trick, despise fairness or their neighbor’s need. (393:297-299)
This commandment, therefore, is given not for cheaters in the eyes of the world. It is for the most pious, who want to be praised and to be called upright people. (393:300)
He especially wants us to have a pure heart, although we will never attain to that as long as we live here. So this commandment will remain, like all the rest, one that will constantly accuse us and show how godly we are in God’s sight! (395:310)
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: John 1:29b
Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
|Old Testament||Isaiah 35||Isaiah 36||Isaiah 37:1-13||Isaiah 37:14-29||Isaiah 37:30-38||Isaiah 38||Isaiah 39:1-40:8||Isaiah 40:9-23|
|New Testament||John 7:1-24||John 7:25-36||John 7:37-53||John 8:1-11||John 8:12-30||John 8:31-47||John 8:48-59||John 9:1-23|
The Catechism: The Ten Commandments – The Ninth Commandment
What is the Ninth Commandment?
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.
What does this mean?
We should fear and love God so that we do not scheme to get our neighbor’s inheritance or house, or get it in a way which only appears right, but help and be of service to him in keeping it.
The Apostles’ Creed is confessed
Prayers for Others and Ourselves
Collect for the Second Sunday After the Epiphany
Almighty and everlasting God, who governs all things in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the prayers of Your people and grant us Your peace through all our days; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Prayer based on the Ninth Commandment
Dear Father, here You teach us how we shall not use deception to release, drain, or extort our neighbor’s property, but help him keep it, as we ourselves desire help to keep our property. You are also a protection against the sly tricks and schemes of the worldly minded. They will receive their punishment in the end. Lord, teach us to pray: Our Father who art in heaven… 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.