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Prayers

We certainly encourage you to pray in connection with your Bible reading. Below you will find general prayers regarding God's Word, such as the Collect for the Word; prayers suitable for use before or after your reading; and seasonal prayers for use in connection with the reading that are tailored to the specific season of the Church Year. You can find a potential outline for your study here and see where the prayers might fit in.

General

Among the following general prayers, the Collect for the Word is a wonderful prayer that may be familiar to you from its use in the Morning Service Without Communion and Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study. The other prayers are original compositions with reference to promises God makes about His Word in His Word.

Collect for the Word
Blessed Lord, who hast caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning, grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of Thy holy Word we may embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which Thou hast given us in our Savior Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen. (The Lutheran Hymnal, p. 14) Back to top

Other
Lord God, Your Word is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow, judging the thoughts and attitudes of the heart; as Your law shows me my sin, also comfort me with Your Gospel so that I will know that my sins are forgiven for Jesus’ sake and live in the peace and joy that knowledge brings; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
(Pastor Galler, with reference to Hebrews 4:12.)
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Loving and Merciful Lord, Your holy apostle has said truly that Your Word of Grace can build me up and give me an inheritance among all those who are made holy, I seek your blessing as I read Your Word that I might truly be so edified and finally join You in Your eternal kingdom where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Pastor Galler, with reference to Acts 20:32.) Back to top

O Holy Spirit, Who moved Your holy men to bring about all of the most-sure Prophetic Word, grant that by reading those things that are written I might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing I might have life in His Name, Who lives with You and the Father, ever one God, world without end. Amen. (Pastor Galler, with reference to 2 Peter 1:19, 21 and John 20:31.)

Before Reading

The prayers in this section are especially composed for you to use at the beginning of your time in God's Word each day.

Heavenly Father, as the Ethiopian said to Philip, “How can I understand what I read except someone should guide me?”, so I must confess that I cannot understand what I read of Your Word without the Holy Spirit’s help; open my mind and heart to the Holy Spirit Whom Your Son has promised will guide into all truth, that I might grow in faith and be better prepared to give an answer for the hope that is in me, through Jesus Christ, Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever Amen. (Pastor Galler, with reference to Acts 8:31; John 16:13; 1 Peter 3:15) Back to top

Almighty God, You reveal Yourself to us in Your Word; as I try to be like the Bereans who examined the Scriptures daily, help me also be like the Thessalonians who received them not as the word of human beings but as Your Word, and by Your Word be at work in all who believe; through Him Who is the Word, Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Savior, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Pastor Galler, with reference to Acts 17:11; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; John 1:1.) Back to top

After Reading

The prayers in this section are especially composed for you to use at the beginning of your time in God's Word each day.

O Holy Spirit, Your inspiration has given all Scripture to be profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness, that we might be perfect, thoroughly furnished for good works; thank you for your gift of Holy Scripture and for blessing us as we read it; continue now, we pray, to bless us by helping us retain what we have read and by using it to strengthen our faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ, and to bring about the fruits of that faith in our lives; through the same Jesus Christ, Who lives and reigns with the Father and with You, ever one God, world without end. Amen. (Pastor Galler with reference to 2 Timothy 3:16) Back to top

O God, our Father, in all of Holy Scripture You have given us a most-sure Word of prophecy; keep me ever mindful that even as the holy writers spoke as moved by the Holy Ghost so the interpretation of what they wrote is not up to any individual but to You, working through the same Word and Your Church, and so help me to take heed of this most-sure prophecy as unto a light that shines in a dark place, that it truly may be a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path, through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen. (Pastor Galler with reference to 2 Peter 1:19-21; Psalm 119:105) Back to top

Seasonal Prayers

The prayers in this section are especially composed for you to use in connection with your Bible reading during the corresponding season fo the Church Year.

For Bible Reading during Advent
"O God of God, O Light of Light, Thou Prince of Peace, Thou King of Kings!" The hymnwriter rightly says that the nations beheld Thee coming "Deep in the prophets' sacred page, Grand in the poets' wing-ed word, [and] Slowly in type, from age to age"; bless me by my reading of these sacred pages that I may know of Thy coming in time to die and rise for me, that I may receive Thee as Thou comest now in Thy Word and Sacrament, and that I may ever be prepared for Thee to come in glory to judge the living and the dead; Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen. (Pastor Galler, with reference to The Lutheran Hymnal #132) Back to top

For Bible Reading during Christmas
O Word Who was in the beginning, Who was with God, and Who truly was and is God, when the fullness of time had come You were made flesh and tabernacled among people as You did among Your people of old, enable me to see You now dwelling in Your written Word and, so seeing, to behold your glory as of the only-begotten Son of the Father, full of grace and truth, and thereby to believe and have eternal life in Your Name, through Which I pray. Amen. (Pastor Galler) Back to top

For Bible Reading during Epiphany
Almighty God, Heavenly Father, You loved the world enough to give Your Only-Begotten Son into the flesh to suffer and die to save us from our sins, and You have revealed this great gift of salvation in Your Word; bless my reading of Your Word that I may see Your glory in Jesus and by that epiphany may have faith for forgiveness and salvation; through the same Jesus Christ, Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, now and forever. Amen. (Pastor Galler) Back to top

For Bible Reading during Lent
O Lenten Lord, in resisting the devil’s temptations while in the wilderness for forty days You used the Holy Scriptures and corrected the devil’s misuse of them, be with us as we in these forty days of Lent read and reflect on these same Scriptures, feed us daily on this Word that proceeds from Your mouth, and help us to correctly understand and truly to believe, that we might similarly resist the devil and finally, by faith in You wrought by the Spirit through that Word, receive the goal of such faith, the salvation of our souls; hear us for Your Word’s sake. Amen. (Pastor Galler) Back to top

For Bible Reading during Easter
Resurrected Lord, the same day You rose from the dead you explained to the Emmaus disciples what was said in all the Scriptures concerning You and opened the minds of the Eleven so they could understand the Scriptures, this Easter season send Your Holy Spirit to explain the Scriptures to me and to open my mind, so that I, too, can understand all that is said in all the Scriptures concerning You, how You have suffered and risen again to save me, and so that, enabled by the Spirit, I might by deed and word testify to repentance and forgiveness of sins in Your Name, for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen. (Pastor Galler, with reference to Luke 24:27, 45-49) Back to top

For Bible Reading during Pentecost/Trinity
O Holy Spirit, on the Day of Pentecost You filled the house where the apostles were and filled them with the power of the Triune God, and even now You are given through the Word and Sacraments to work faith when and where You please in those who hear the Gospel; work in me now through the Word that I may believe that You are gracious to me on account of Jesus Christ, Who lives and reigns with the Father and with You, one God, now and forever. Amen.
(Pastor Galler, with reference to Acts 2:1-4 and Augsburg Confession V.) Back to top

Reflecting on the Reformation
O God, You are a mighty Fortress, a trusty Shield and Weapon, Who helps us free from every need that has us now overtaken, as Your Word truly shall always remain so help me always truly to thank You for it, so that by Your Spirit working through that Word and its visible forms, the Sacraments, Your Kingdom might also always remain mine; through Jesus Christ, the Valiant One, Who fights for us and lives reigns with You and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
(Pastor Galler with reference to Martin Luther's "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," The Lutheran Hymnal #262) Back to top

 


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