#7: Why Do We Offer a "Prayer of the Day"?
Why do we offer a "Prayer of the Day?" The Prayer of the Day, or the Opening Prayer, serves two purposes. First, the Prayer of the Day gives glory to God and asks God to lead us in worship. We recognize that we cannot worship God rightly by our own power; we need God to enable us to worship in spirit and in truth. Second, the Prayer of the Day typically expresses some aspect of the day (like Christ the King), the season (like Advent), or the festival (like Christmas). In this way, the Prayer of the Day contributes to the focus of the day's worship. When the congregation responds to the prayer with the word "Amen" ("so be it"), we affirm our participation in the prayer and embrace it as our own. Now you know, Why We Do That.