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Luther's Prayers

Martin Luther included morning and evening prayers in his catechism. I include those today as prayer you may want to consider adding to your prayer routine. Notice how Luther incorporates the Commandments, Creed, and Lord's Prayer here.


Luther said that these prayers should be taught by "the head of the family." I'd say they can be taught by anyone in faith.


Morning Prayer. In the morning, when you rise, make the sign of the holy cross, and say: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Then kneeling or standing say the Apostles’ Creed and the Lord’s Prayer. To these you can also add this Prayer: I give thanks to you, heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son. that you have protected me through the night from all danger and harm; and I ask you to preserve and keep me this day also from all sin and evil; that in all my thoughts, words, and deeds I may serve and please you. Into your hands I commend my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let thy holy angel have charge concerning me, that the wicked one have no power over me. Amen. And then you should go with joy to your work, after perhaps a hymn has been sung, as the Ten Commandments, or what your devotion may suggest.


Evening Prayer. In the evening, when you go to bed, make the sign of the holy cross, and say: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Then kneeling or standing, say the Apostles’ Creed and the Lord’s Prayer. Then, you may add this Prayer: I give thanks to you, heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ your dear Son, that you have this day so graciously protected me, and I ask you to forgive me all my sins, and the wrong which I have done, and by your great mercy defend me from all the perils and dangers of this night. Into your hands I commend my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel have charge concerning me, that the wicked one have no power over me. Amen. Then thou shouldst go to sleep immediately and joyfully.




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