taking the words of Jesus seriously

After several years of working with scores of communities, liturgy experts, artists, and musicians,  my brothers Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Enuma Okoro are excited to announce that Common Prayer has been released. This prayer book is unlike any other, compiling the prayers, stories, laments, and joys of folks from throughout the spectrum of Christian Church history.

According to the compilers, “Common prayer is a prayer book that has grown out of a community of communities that is sometimes called a ‘new monasticism’. Whether you’re high church, low church, or no-church, this book will help you join the eternal dance of those who’ve been caught up in life with God.”

I pray that you take some time to check out the Common Prayer website and, if you find it to be helpful in your life and the life of your community, I encourage you and your community to pick up a copy. Below are today’s morning prayers from Common Prayer, check it out:

Daily Prayers for January 3

Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk and biblical scholar, wrote against the church’s use of indulgences and insisted that salvation is a free gift from God, not achieved through good works. Luther refused to recant his criticism of the church, saying, “Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise.” He was excommunicated by Pope Leo X on January 3, 1521, unwittingly becoming the leader of a movement that would later be named the Great Reformation.

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you

as the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us sing to the Lord : let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Song “We Shall Not Be Moved”

The Lord lives! Blessed is my Rock! : Exalted is the God of my salvation!

Psalm 18:29 32

You, O Lord, are my lamp : my God, you make my darkness bright.

With you I will break down an enclosure : with the help of my God I will scale any wall.

As for God, his ways are perfect; the words of the Lord are tried in the fire : he is a shield to all who trust in him.

For who is God, but the Lord? : who is the Rock, except our God?

The Lord lives! Blessed is my Rock! : Exalted is the God of my salvation!

Exodus 3:1 – 12 John 6:35 – 42, 48 – 51

The Lord lives! Blessed is my Rock! : Exalted is the God of my salvation!

Martin Luther wrote, “When it comes to faith, what a living, creative, active, powerful thing it is. It cannot do other than good at all times. It never waits to ask whether there is some good work to do, rather, before the question is raised, it has done the deed, and keeps on doing it.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Lord, from Martin Luther in sixteenth-century Germany to Martin Luther King Jr. in twentieth-century Alabama, your disciples have witnessed to a law that is higher than the laws of human institutions. Make us such witnesses, Lord. Amen.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;

may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;

may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;

may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.

About The Author


Tony Campolo is Professor of Sociology at Eastern University, and was formerly on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. For 40 years, he founded and led the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization that created and supported programs serving needy communities in the Third World as well as in “at risk” neighborhoods across North America. More recently, Dr. Campolo has provided leadership for the Red Letter Christians movement. He blogs regularly at his own website. Tony and his wife Peggy live near Philadelphia, and have two children and four grandchildren.

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