THIS WEEK: Daily Prayers
Background Info: (Taken from Colaborate Leader Guide)
Prayer is a beautifully messy part of the life of faith. Praying as a group, we might get tripped up by the language and patters of words "not our own." Praying alone, we might fall into prayer for what we think we need rather than what God longs to give us. So we pray as a community--learning the language of faith and being continually invited into ways to speak our deepest longings to God. Each moment of prayer is a little sabbath within our ordinary routine, a moment for rest and reconnection with God.
As Lutherans, we are offered the gift of Martin Luther's daily prayers. Five hundred years after he wrote them, we sometimes miss that these prayers were revolutionary for the church of Luther's day. In his time, the prayers of priests, monks and nuns were considered somehow "holier" than the prayers of "common folk." Luther rejected this idea, focusing his prayer guides not on monastic settings but on ordinary life. Prayer is for everyone, so his prayers were oriented around things everyone does: waking, eating, and sleeping. This was a huge turnaround.
Luther's daily prayers reflect and rely on the Lord's Prayer. In both, we do the following:
Luther's prayers invite us into the practice and patter of prayer, giving us a form and a language to continue our own prayer lives in a multitude of ways.
Share a high from the past week.
Share a low from the past week.
Parents/Guardians be sure to share as well!
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
What would it look like to pray without ceasing? Is that what Paul meant?
When would it be hard to rejoice?
God, helps us to be reminded to give thanks in our prayers. Help us to come to you in prayer in both the good times and the hard times. Amen.
End your time together with the following blessing, marking the cross of Christ on your forehead as a reminder of your baptism. Parents/Guardians be sure to have your child mark your forehead as well!
(Name), you are a Child of God!
What is this?
Weekly posts pertaining to the Confirmation Lessons for the week. A great way for families to have conversations of faith at home, on the road, or around a meal.