Martin Luther encouraged believers to pray the catechism each day – that is, to recite and meditate upon the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, and/or the Lord’s Prayer (which together comprise the catechism). These foundations of our faith, together with a brief prayer (perhaps one prayed in response to a reading from Scripture), can be used as part of your devotion each day.
For an online daily devotion, visit New Joy’s Daily Devotions, which includes the following simple way to pray.
The Ten Commandments
O God most holy, open my mind and my heart to you.
Hear my prayer, and incline my heart to keep your law.
- You shall have no other gods.
- You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God.
- Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy.
- Honor your father and your mother.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet our neighbor’s house.
- You shall not covet your neighbor’s spouse, or servant, or ox, or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.
The Apostles’ Creed
Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief! (Mark 9:24).
I confess the faith of the church, and pray that these truths might each day be renewed in me.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended into hell.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Lord, remember me in your Kingdom, and teach me to ceaselessly pray:
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.
Conclude with a prayer of reflection and thanksgiving flowing from a Scripture passage.
Pray in dialogue with the Bible passage. What in the reading most stuck with you? Meditate on that word, image, or element. Thank God for that Word, and ask that it might bear fruit in your life.
Additionally, pray for any of the following, perhaps alternating the prayer prompts below during the days of the week:
- (Monday) Pray for the sick, the suffering, those struggling in war-torn regions of the world, refugees, and any whose lives are in tumult. Pray for peace in our hearts and in our world.
- (Tuesday) Pray for the leaders of the nations of the world, in general and by name, that they might govern with wisdom, and be workers of peace and justice.
- (Wednesday) Pray for the church, that it might be faithful to the Gospel; for its leaders – pastor and bishops, congregational leaders and musicians, small group leaders and servants of all kinds whose faithful work contributes to and exemplifies the life of the church.
- (Thursday) Pray for the day to come, that it might be a day of blessing, holy encounter, service, and love. Meditate upon your schedule, and ask God’s strength for you to see in this day blessings, and the movement of God’s Spirit.
- (Friday) Pray for the day that has passed, asking God’s relief from its burdens and stress, and thanking God for its blessings. Review the past day, and seek in it God’s presence and the movement of God’s Spirit.
- (Saturday) Pray in silence, with no words, clearing your mind to truly listen for what God is saying to you this day.
- (Sunday) Pray in thanksgiving for the wonders of God’s mercy, for the humble servant love of Jesus, for the free gift of the Spirit moving in our lives. Ask God to renew your faith so that you might see and receive God’s blessings.
Go with God’s Blessings
After singing a song, making the sign of the cross, or whatever else might serve your devotion, go about the tasks of your day with joy, confident that our Lord is with you and blessing you in all you do.