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Prayer for Reconciliation with the Neighbor. Gebets-Schatz

Rembrandt, Heimkehr verlorener Sohn - Return of the Prodigal Son / Rembrandt - Rembrandt, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van RijPrayer for Reconciliation with Neighbors. 

(Seckendorf Hymnbook) (Ev. Luth. Gebets-Schatz)


Good Jesus, by Your grace I have prepared and fit myself to come to private confession [zum Beichtstuhl] for the forgiveness of my sins.  But I remember that You earnestly commanded: “When you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, then leave your gift there before the altar, and first go and reconcile yourself with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”


Unfortunately, now I have fallen into misunderstanding and disagreement with my neighbor.  Therefore grant me your grace and govern me, so that my heart lets itself be found willing to be reconciled.


I recognize the hardness of my heart and confess that it is difficult to force flesh and blood and to let go of all anger and vengefulness.  But I hope, yes, I pray, that You, Lord, would take from my flesh the heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh—that is, a heart rich in love and willing to be reconciled—and that you would make me a person who loves his enemy, blesses those who curse him, does good to those who hate him, and prays for those who insult and persecute him.


Ah!  Let me think on the judgment and strict accounting that I will have to give [one day], that I may let go of hostility (which seeks only death and destruction), and be reconciled with my adversaries while I am still on the way with them, according to Your command, and never again let the sun go down on my anger.


And as I pardon and forgive all those who have offended me, so also let me find those whom I have grieved and angered to be submissive to Your word, so that they for Your sake also forgive and pardon me for all the ways I have offended them.


Oh Jesus, forgive all our sins and govern our hearts, that we may live peaceably as Christians with one another, and praise Your name together here in time until there in eternity we laud You forever.  Amen.

Tuesday Midday Prayer–Eichorn

March 4, 2014 1 comment

gethsemaneJohann Eichorn

Rust und Schatzkammer (Spiritual Armory and Treasury)


Midday Prayer—Tuesday


Passages of Holy Scripture


Fear God and give Him the glory, because the time of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth and the sea and the springs of water.  Rev. 14.


He who serves God with gladness is acceptable to Him.  His prayer reaches up to the clouds; the prayer of the wretched pierces through the clouds, and does not desist until it enters [God’s ears], and does not cease until the Most High sees.


Let the book of this law not leave your mouth, instead, meditate on it day and night, that you may keep and do according to what is written in it.  Then you will be successful in all that you do and will be able to handle things wisely.




O Jesus Christ, my Lord and God, You know—yes, You have taught us Yourself how great is the weakness and foolishness of man, yes, how he can do absolutely nothing without Your help and assistance.  Where he trusts and believes in himself, he is bound to fall into a thousand disasters.


Have mercy on me, dear Lord, on account of this works-righteousness of Your child.  Graciously assist me, that through Your enlightenment I may see what is righteous, through Your admonition desire it, and through Your power finally also might obtain it.  Now I surrender myself, yes, commend myself wholly and completely, in body and soul, to You alone, who with God the Father and God the Holy Ghost are praised, one true and Almighty God forever and ever.



Lutheran Prayer-Treasury: Thursday Morning-Blessing

April 4, 2013 3 comments

man-praying-1883_jpg!Blog38.  Another Thursday Morning-Blessing

(Marburger Gesangbuch—Marburg Hymnal)

(From Evangelische Lutherischer Gebets-Schatz–Evangelical Lutheran Prayer Treasury)  (Prayer-Hoard!)

God Father, God Son, God Holy Spirit!  Highly-lauded Trinity!  I abandon myself to You, body and soul, from now to eternity, and from my heart proclaim Your praise and thanks, that you have not allowed the evil foe to harm me this night, but instead through the protection of Your blessed angels have kept me safe and sound.  With what shall I repay You?  How can I sufficiently praise You for this?  With regret and pain I will offer to you a distressed and battered heart, full of blood-red sins.  You will graciously receive it, and wash it white as snow with the noble blood of Your dear Son, my Redeemer.  You will conceal it in His holy, innocent wounds, and graciously give me the forgiveness of all my sins.  Help me also, that today and always I remain in Christian preparation [for death and judgment], so that I depart in blessedness and salvation, because I cannot know when you will come or how and where you will summon me.  Grant this to me, gracious God and Father, for the sake of Your dear Son, Jesus Christ.  Amen.


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Prayer of one oppressed for the sake of the truth. Luther.

January 16, 2013 3 comments

wurmbrand mugshot414.  Prayer of a person who is oppressed for the sake of the truth

Martin Luther (1483-1546)


I suffer much, and things go evil with me, but well with my enemies.  They live; I die without intermission.  They are powerful and strong; I am bowed down constantly.  They are held in honor; I am scorned and derided.  They have peace; I, strife.  They are admired and praised by many, and many people stand with them.  I am alone, abandoned.  No one takes up my cause or looks upon me with favor.  I am a castaway, scorned and forsaken by everyone.  Therefore, dear Lord God, take me up, forsake me not.  Make haste to help me, because all other helpers will only help me be damned.  I seek no salvation, blessedness or paradise in myself or anyone else.  I look for it only in You.  Amen.

Prayer on the Third Sunday of Advent. Johannes Eichorn.

December 9, 2012 4 comments

62.  Prayer on the Third Sunday of Advent.johann eichhorn 1565


O Lord God, heavenly Father, You permitted Your Son to become man and come into this world for this reason, that He might bridle the tyranny of the devil, aid us poor men against sin and death, and make us blessed forever.  We beseech You: so guide and lead our hearts by Your Holy Spirit, that we have regard for nothing besides Your Word, and so might escape all stumbling blocks set before us by our reason, being found among the little band of those who are not offended in Your Son Christ Jesus, but instead through Him come to everlasting blessedness.  Amen. Johannes Eichorn (1511-1564)



Prayers for the First and Second Sundays in Advent. Gebets-Schatz.

December 4, 2012 3 comments

Prayer on the First Sunday in Advent.


Lord God, heavenly Father, it is truly right that we thank, laud, and praise you forever.  For us poor men, who were captive under the tyranny of Death and the Devil because of sin, You appointed Your Son as a true King and Savior, who rescues and delivers us from our sins through His death.  We pray You: through Your Holy Spirit enlighten, rule, and lead us, so that we cling to this true King and Savior and no other; that we may not, like the world, be offended by His beggarly appearance and His despised Word, but through a firm trust in Him come to everlasting blessedness.  Amen.  Johannes Eichorn (1511-1564)


Prayer on the Second Sunday in Advent.

Lord God, heavenly Father, You have revealed to us through Your Son, Jesus Christ, how heaven and earth will pass away, our bodies will be raised again, and we will all stand before Your judgment.  Preserve us through Your Holy Spirit in Your Word and in true faith, we pray.  Protect us from sin and keep us in all attacks of Satan, that we may not burden our hearts with eating, drinking and the cares of this age, but instead be watchful and pray at all times, awaiting with joy and sure confidence in Your grace the appearing of Your Son, and come through Him, at last, to everlasting blessedness.  Amen. Johannes Eichorn (1511-1564)

Hymn: Ich bin getauft in Christi Blut

October 29, 2012 1 comment

I am baptized in Jesus’ blood





This is my pearl, my highest good





Which calms my soul in all distress





Against the devil, hell, and death.


–Christian Fabricius, 1646


Ich bin getauft in Christi Blut,

das ist mein Schatz und hoechstes Gut,

des troest ich mich in aller Not.

Trotz sei dem Teufel, Hoell, und Tod.


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