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Luther’s Small Catechism in Prayer Form

Besides the Bible our Small Catechism serves a good purpose for teaching us the basics of our faith, and encouraging us to persevere. The version I used during my confirmation class was copyrighted in 1960 and in 1963 it was written in a prayer form.

For example look at the First Commandment. “You shall have no other gods.” And the meaning, “O Lord, our God, you command us to have no other gods. May we fear, love, and trust in you above anything else; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.”

During the past year I have used many written prayers during Sunday Worship and at Noon. I certainly enjoy simply praying from my heart but I found comfort and strength praying the prayers others have written and prepared. Sometimes I couldn’t find the words to pray; I used revered and trusted words of others for my prayers in those times.

One particular prayer has especially become meaningful to me during our Saturday Night Prayer. “Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work or watch or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, comfort the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.”

Can’t find the words to pray? Open your Small Catechism and use those words. Strong and faithful, they will serve your prayer life well.

Grace and Peace, Pastor Joel


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