Day 28 – Strength Training

Noonday Prayer is a nice discipline to take up during your lunch hour. It will usually be said as a short private devotion to help you keep your focus on the Lord in the midst of what are often very chaotic and busy lives. However, we have included rubrics for a group setting in the hopes that you might connect with a group who would like to enjoy the Noonday prayer in community. During Noonday Prayer you will see many elements that we have discussed in Morning and Evening Prayer. There are some new elements that we will discuss here. Noonday Prayer has its own opening sentence of Scripture:

The pastor or leader will read aloud the opening sentence of Scripture

You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being. Revelation 4:11

Also included during Noonday Prayer are the Shema, the Ten Commandments, and the Summary of the Law.

The pastor or leader reads aloud the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)

4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.
7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.
9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

The pastor or leader reads aloud the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17); and in response the people ask God’s mercy for their transgressions against the Law, and for grace to keep God’s laws in the future

1 And God spoke all these words:
2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
Lord, have mercy on us, and give us grace to help us in our time of need.

4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them;
Lord, have mercy on us, and give us grace to help us in our time of need.

7 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God,
Lord, have mercy on us, and give us grace to help us in our time of need.

8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
Lord, have mercy on us, and give us grace to help us in our time of need.

12 “Honor your father and your mother,
Lord, have mercy on us, and give us grace to help us in our time of need.

13 “You shall not murder.
Lord, have mercy on us, and give us grace to help us in our time of need.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.
Lord, have mercy on us, and give us grace to help us in our time of need.

15 “You shall not steal.
Lord, have mercy on us, and give us grace to help us in our time of need.

16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
Lord, have mercy on us, and give us grace to help us in our time of need.

17 “You shall not covet…
Lord, have mercy on us, and write these Your laws in our hearts.

The pastor or leader reads Jesus summary of the Law (Matthew 22:37b-40); and in response the people ask God’s mercy for their transgressions against the Law, and for grace to keep God’s laws in the future

37 “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Lord, have mercy on us, and write these Your laws in our hearts.

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