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From the Word: But I do as the Father has commanded so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise up; let us go from here. (John 14:31)
From the Confessions: The Small Catechism, Daily Prayers
Go to your work with joy.
Pulling It Together: “Go to your work with joy” does not mean that you love your work. It means you love the one you work for (Col 3:23), and who is with you while you work (Matt 28:20). It means that, because Jesus has given you his peace (John 14:27), you may face the day with the joy that his peace provides—even if the work itself provides no satisfaction.
So begin your day well. Make the sign of the cross and bless yourself in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Say the Lord’s Prayer and recite the Apostles’ Creed. I encourage you to follow a daily lectionary (such as may be found in the Lutheran Book of Worship, pp 179–192), or read through the Bible in a year (Here is a free brochure of that reading plan). Reflect on the Creed as you read each verse. You will be amazed how that short distillation of Scripture is found throughout the Scriptures. Then say a prayer such as Luther’s Morning Prayer, sing a hymn, and get up and go to work. Your Lord goes with you.
Prayer: Give me joy in your presence, Lord. Amen.
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Lord, Teach Us to Pray is a eight-session curriculum on prayer intended for youth. Based on the themes of the Lord’s Prayer, it uses a Bible Study format, with each lesson including multiple Scripture texts along with the related section of Luther’s Small Catechism. A section entitled “About Prayer” teaches students helpful items about a solid prayer life and a prayer assignment for the coming week. A major goal of this material is to help kids experience prayer, and practice it in a variety of ways.