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:
- Give thanks and praise to God.
- Confess our need for God, the source of all we need
- Ask for forgiveness
- Ask for our daily needs
- Ask for protection from evil
- Offer ourselves for God's work
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 low from the past week.
Parents/Guardians be sure to share as well!
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.
When would it be hard to rejoice?
(Name), you are a Child of God!