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Prayer on the Eighth Sunday after Trinity

July 27, 2012 1 comment

106.  Prayer on the Eighth Sunday after Trinity

The Rev. Prof. Kurt Marquart, faithful teacher of the Word of God and servant of Christ.

Lord God, heavenly Father!  We thank You with our whole hearts, that You have let us come to the knowledge of Your blessed Word.  But we also ask You that You would graciously preserve us in this knowledge and grant us to die a blessed death in it.  Graciously guard all pious preachers, who faithfully bring forth Your Word, from all persecution, abuse, and other misfortune, and spare them their lives.  But the other sort of preachers, who unfaithfully go around with Your Word and pretend to be pious lambs, but are ravenous wolves, be pleased to punish them according to what they have deserved, make war against them, and graciously save Your poor Christendom from them, through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord.  Amen.

Johannes Eichhorn (1511-1564)

 

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Prayer on the Fourth Sunday after Trinity. Ev. Luth. Gebets-Schatz

102.  Prayer on the 4th Sunday after Trinity

–Johannes Eichorn (1511-1567)

Lord God, heavenly Father, You have shown mercy to us and promised to forgive us all our sins through Your Son, Jesus Christ.  With all our hearts we pray that You would not judge according to our evil life, our unrighteous walk and our many sins committed in human weakness.  Instead, as our heavenly Father, well-acquainted with our frailty, pardon and forgive all these things, and, in keeping with Your divine, compassionate Father-heart, place upon our heads the crown of eternal blessedness.  Ease and soften our hard, stony hearts also, so that we may gladly forgive our neighbors and show them compassion, not wrongly condemning anyone with a premature, unfounded, or rash judgment, as often happens, but instead gladly pardoning and forgiving everyone, without distinction, from our hearts.  Grant us first to be just, impartial, true and good judges over ourselves, our consciences, and our own hearts and souls, so that we may live Christian, God-fearing lives and die blessed Christian deaths.  Amen.

Prayer Against the Antichrist and Pope in Rome with his Adherents. Luther.

June 14, 2012 3 comments

 

265. Prayer against the Antichrist and Pope in Rome with his Adherents

Beloved God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  We pray You: visit us once again with all Your wonderful works, and let us see the day of the coming of the glory of Your Son, when that joker, the Antichrist, who is the man of sin and the son of perdition (2 Thessalonians 2: 3-4), will be overthrown and smashed to pieces.  Bring to an end the massive deception of the devil, through which, sadly, at each moment many thousand souls perish and are dragged into hell, only for this reason—that the [adherents of the Pope] want to preserve the tyranny of the detestable and apostate (that is, [Christ-] renouncing] chair in Rome in its essential nature [as the seat within God’s temple in which man exalts himself above God—2 Thessalonians 2:4].   To this the whole world says, Amen, Amen.  Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Evangelische Lutherischer Gebets-Schatz.

*Praying against the Pope as the antichrist is not an indication of hatred toward Roman Catholics. Jeremiah and the other prophets of Israel lambasted their people and especially their priests and rulers who led them into idolatry and other false teaching.  They were accused of hating their own people, just as Jesus was when He condemned the chief priests and prophesied the desolation of Jerusalem.

It is impossible to really love people and at the same time be dedicated to not having people get angry with you.  It’s also impossible to love people and refuse to face the truth and then tell the truth.  The pure doctrine of Christ is about to be lost to our children because Lutherans (and protestants generally) have been deceived into thinking that the certainty of faith–and the confession of the truth that must follow true faith–is arrogance.  We are not called to be arrogant.  But we are called to be certain of God’s Word and to confess it and teach it not only in our own homes and congregations but before the great people of the world.

 

 

Prayer for the Church and Against her Enemies–Luther.

June 14, 2012 4 comments

264.  Prayer for the Church and against her Enemies.

Almighty, eternal, merciful God and Father of our beloved Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  We see and feel how it goes for Your Church in this life—what kind of success she has, and how she is plagued in so many ways by the devil and the world.  Therefore we pray You, for the sake of Your only-begotten Son, first that You would comfort and strengthen our hearts with Your Holy Spirit, so that we would not be overwhelmed by many great dangers still lying in wait for us.  Secondly, we pray that You would also not hinder all the designs and plots of the enemy, but instead with Your faithful and wonderful deliverance make known, declare, and demonstrate, that You provide for the Church,  govern her, defend, preserve, and save her; You who live and reign, one eternal God, God Father, God Son, God Holy Ghost, from everlasting to everlasting.  Amen.

Dr. Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Evangelische-Lutherischer Gebets-Schatz

Prayer on the Third Sunday after Trinity–Gebets-Schatz

June 13, 2012 1 comment

painting of Christ the Good Shepherd from the Roman catacombs

 

Prayer on the Third Sunday after Trinity

Lord God, heavenly Father!  We are, sadly, like wandering sheep; we have allowed ourselves to

be led astray from the right way by Satan and our sinful flesh.  But we pray: be gracious, forgive

all our sins for the sake of Your Son Christ Jesus, and awaken our hearts by Your Holy Spirit, so

that we hold firmly to Your Word, remain in the fold of Your Christian Church in true

repentance and faith until our end, and finally come to everlasting blessedness.  Amen.   

        Johannes Eichhorn (1511-1564)

Prayer on the Second Sunday after Trinity–Gebets-Schatz

 

100.  Prayer on the Second Sunday after Trinity

Lord God, heavenly Father!  We thank You that You have let us be invited to Your banquet, eternal life, through Your good word.  We ask You to rouse our hearts by Your Holy Spirit, that we may not hear Your Word in vain nor let temporal things prevent us from coming to Your feast.  Amen. 

Johannes Eichhorn

Prayer for the First Sunday after Trinity

May 30, 2012 2 comments

Gospel for the First Sunday after Trinity:  St. Luke 16: 19-31 http://biblia.com/bible/esv/Lk16.19-31

A prayer on the First Sunday after Trinity:

Lord God, heavenly Father!  We pray You to lead and rule our hearts by Your Holy Spirit, so that we would not hear Your blessed Word like the rich man, and bear no fruit, nor handle earthly goods so as to forget those that are eternal.  Instead, grant that we help the poor gladly and with mildness, according to our means, and not sin through haughtiness and extravagant living.  And where we ourselves are afflicted with the cross and misfortune, grant us not to despair, but to set all our hope on Your constant assistance and grace, and by patient endurance to overcome it all.  Amen. 

Johann Eichhorn (c. 1518-1564)
from Ev. Luth. Gebets-Schatz
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