This unfortunate turn of events was reversed by Luther who restored the liturgy of the hours back to its proper place as the prayer services of the whole church, laity and clergy alike. He returned the reading of Scripture back to its original place as the major part of the liturgy from which flowed the psalms, hymns, and prayers of the daily office. And the canticles of the liturgy of the hours were now made simpler so that the people could sing them.
Luther used the daily office as the foundation for his devotional life and his prayers. We would be in good company if our private devotional life as pastors found its place within the context of the church's common prayer. To do this, all we need to do is return to using the daily offices as the foundation for our devotional life. -- Dr. Arthur Just, The Devotional Life of the Pastor in Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord, p. 98.