Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Robert Kolb

Scripture References in this Resource

Genesis 1:28; Acts 2:42; Acts 3:1; Acts 5:42; Daniel 6:10–11; Deuteronomy 4:1–2; 9; 23; Deuteronomy 6:12–14; Deuteronomy 6:25; Deuteronomy 6:6–7; 20–22; Exodus 12:1–14; Genesis 15:9–21; Genesis 4:3–4; Genesis 8:20; John 19; John 6:25ff; John 7:37ff; John 8:12; Leviticus 12:4–6; Leviticus 14:10–14; Luke 24; Luke 7:36–48; Mark 3:10; Mark 5:27; Matthew 2:1–12; Philippians 2:5–11; Psalm 105:1–2; 9–11; 44–45; Psalm 22; 23; 90


Gjerde, Steven, K. “The Household Prayers of Doctor Martin Luther and Daily Devotion at Zion Lutheran Church in Wausau, Wisconsin.” Doctor of Ministry, Major Applied Project, Concordia Seminary, 2016. 145 pp.

This major applied project explores the use of Martin Luther’s household prayers in Christian devotional practice. Published in the Small Catechism of 1529, the household prayers (morning, evening, and table prayers) have enjoyed varying usage since that time. This study researches whether or not they may serve as a devotional resource for contemporary believers. After addressing the Biblical and theological foundations of home devotion, the literary background of the prayers, and historical studies in religious practice, the paper presents field research conducted through surveys and a journaling experiment. It concludes with recommendations for using and teaching the prayers today.

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