Prayer of a Preacher for Himself and his Hearers
Eternal, almighty God, I heartily beseech You on behalf of all whom You have committed to my care of souls and intercession. Lend them Your grace and Holy Spirit, that they might savingly know You and Your beloved Son, daily increase in true faith, fear, and love, and in firm hope with a Christian, repentant life remain constantly in Your will and obedience until their blessed end. Grant also to me, O most holy God, that I may fruitfully light the way before them with pure doctrine, a good and edifying life, and befitting faithfulness in office. Grant that we all guard against false religion and an ungodly walk that we might attain eternal blessedness, through Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Redeemer. Amen.
(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.
Morning Blessing–Tuesday: https://deprofundisclamaviadtedomine.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/morning-prayer-tuesday/
Morning Blessing–Friday: https://deprofundisclamaviadtedomine.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/morning-prayer-for-friday/
Prayer of a wife with an evil husband: https://deprofundisclamaviadtedomine.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/prayer-of-a-wife-who-has-an-evil-husband/
114. Prayer on the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity. Johann Eichorn (1511-1564) from Ev. Luth. Gebets-Schatz, September 14, 2012
Lord God, heavenly Father! You allowed Your Son to become man so that first He might atone for our sins with His death, and afterwards bring us out of eternal death. We pray You, therefore, preserve us in this hope, so that we may by no means doubt that just as our dear Lord Christ woke up the widow of Nain’s son through His Word, that He will wake us up in the same way on the last day, and give us eternal blessedness. Amen.
115. Prayer on the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity.
Lord God, heavenly Father! We pray that You would so govern and lead us through Your Holy Spirit, that we would keep ourselves in Your fear, and not become haughty, but rightly keep the Sabbath day holy by hearing and receiving Your Word with our whole heart, so that we too might be made holy. Sanctify us therefore, so that first of all we place all our trust and hope in Your Son, Jesus Christ, that He is alone is our righteousness and redemption; and afterward that we also improve our life according to Your Word. Protect us from all causes of offense, until, by Your grace, we come to everlasting blessedness. Amen.
116. Prayer on the 18th Sunday after Trinity.
O Lord God, heavenly Father! We are truly poor, miserable sinners. We know Your will, but we are much too weak and cannot fulfill it; Flesh and blood is too strong. In addition, our enemy the devil constantly stirs the pot and never allows us to be content. Therefore we pray that You would pour out Your Holy Spirit in our hearts, that we may abide in firm faith in your son, Jesus Christ, comfort ourselves with His death and dying, believe in the full forgiveness of all sins through Him, and so live holy lives here on earth according to Your will and in obedience to You, and in Your grace through Jesus Christ die a blessed death. Amen.
117. Prayer on the 19th Sunday after Trinity.
Almighty, eternal God, You graciously let the paralyzed man be delivered in body and soul by Your Son, Jesus Christ. I pray You of Your bottomless mercy: be gracious to me also. Strengthen my faith through Your Word and Holy Spirit, and lead me, so that I do not cause sickness and other misfortune to come upon me and my neighbors through sin, but that I would instead keep myself in Your fear, and thus be free of temporal and eternal punishment. Amen. Johannes Eichorn (1511-1564)
- Prayer on the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity (deprofundisclamaviadtedomine.wordpress.com)
- Gebets-Schatz: Prayer on the Festival of the Reformation (deprofundisclamaviadtedomine.wordpress.com)
I know for certain that our Lord God still heartily loves me, even though I sink in the mire of this great affliction and distress, and cannot see how I could possibly be helped. Yet I commend it to my dear God. Even now in this misery He looks upon me as a mother looks on her little child which she has carried in her womb, under her heart. He will create good and blessing out of this suffering. So I will pray to Him and firmly believe Him that He hears me and will deliver me. For when the righteous cry, the Lord hears them and saves them out of all their troubles. Psalm 34:17 Amen.
397. Prayer during Satan’s Lynchings (Anfechtungen)
–Sigismund Schererz, (1584-1639), Superintendent of Lüneberg, Germany.
Oh Lord, how many are my spiritual foes, who set themselves against me! They say to my soul that it has no help in You [Psalm 3:1-2]. Rescue me; and thus I will not be afraid of many hundreds of thousands of wicked spirits which desire to frighten my soul [Psalm 3:6]. In You, Lord, I trust; let me not be put to shame, and deliver me, so that my pursuer the devil must turn back and not seize my soul like a lion and tear it into pieces, while there is none to deliver [Psalm 7:1-2]. Lord Christ, arouse yourself because of the rage of my enemies, who have dug a pit for me [Ps. 7:15] so that I might rot in it. Look upon my misery, and lift me up from the gates of death that I may show forth Your praise [Psalm 9:13-14] and so that the ancient serpent might be cast into hell [Revelation 20:2-3].
Lord, hide not Yourself from me, because the evil spirit deals presumptuously with me, he lies in
wait for me like a lion in his den, and plots wicked tricks, that he might seize me [Ps. 10:2, 9]; he bends his bow and shoots his fiery darts secretly into my anguished heart [Ps. 11:2, Eph. 6:16]. Enlighten my eyes, so that I will not be blinded by the spirit of hell and die in my sins; do not let this enemy of mine boast that he has mastered me, nor this adversary brag that I lie on my face beneath him [Ps. 13: 4]. He desires my soul like a lion his prey [Ps. 17:9], he stands against me and terrifies me. O God, because of this, preserve me under the shadow of Your wings [Ps. 17:8]. Let me not be cheated by the ancient, crafty serpent. Preserve my soul, and deliver me [Psalm 25:20] ; when the evil spirits desire me, to devour me, so let them run at me and fall [Ps. 27: 2]. Hide me in Your pavilion against their wrath [Ps. 27:5]. Do not remain silent while I cry so fervently to you, lest I go down into hell [Ps. 28: 1] ; know my soul in this great anguish [Psalm 31: 7] and contend with those who contend against me [Ps. 35:1]. Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.” [Ps. 35: 3] Let Satan become as the chaff before the wind, with the angel of the Lord chasing him away with blows [Ps. 35:5], because he intended to pierce my heart with sorrow. May he be brought to ruin and destruction upon me.
Because You are my God and strength:
e’en though the world with demons teems,
who’d feast themselves upon me,
their plots indeed shall not succeed
Lord, create peace in my soul, because the prince of this world stands against me. God be gracious to me, because the evil spirit wants to sink me and declares war against me daily; get glory for yourself, and scatter my bodily and spiritual enemies. Rebuke the devil, so that he flees from me. O Christ, You good and faithful shepherd, Who redeemed me from the devil’s reign with Your precious blood, deliver my soul from the throat of the hellish wolf. Let Your grace be my comfort; bring me out of the anguish of my heart. Let Your good Spirit give me joy, that I may praise Your saving wonders and might thank You for Your deliverance. Amen.
- Spiritual Warfare (adifferenceforyourlovedones.wordpress.com)
- The Psalms 3 – A Morning Prayer of Trust in God (revthechristianlife.wordpress.com)
- Three Things Satan Does Not Want People to Know About God (jlue.wordpress.com)
- Fully Alive (myheartsmission.com)
- Seventh Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 10B (preachingthenewlectionary.com)
These are the “self-examination” or “proving-questions” out of the Evangelische Lutherischer Gebets-Schatz published by Concordia in the 1800s. What follows is the first commandment. The gentleman who wrote them was a pastor, but I wasn’t able to find much biographical information. I’m putting these questions in the bulletin for the next several months; then I hope I can put together a small book of prayers for our congregation.
280. Self-examination Questions.
Salomo Liscovius, German Lutheran Pastor (d. 1716)
Holy and righteous God, You who see and hear everything, I come now before You to honestly examine my condition and to find out where I stand—whether I am on the road to damnation. I am much too corrupt and my heart is far too false and deceitful for this; search me out Yourself, O God! Test and search out how I am within, and allow me to recognize my condition in truth through Your Word and Spirit.
Have I often thought about You, You great Creator and Preserver, Redeemer and Sanctifier?
Have I held Your will and commandments as the plumb line in what I have done and left undone, so that I always ask myself: Does God’s commandment permit this?
Have I sometimes had detestable thoughts within me, such as: “Maybe there is no God?”
Have I not worshipped many idols, exalting myself, following my will alone, and having sought only my own honor and pleasure?
Haven’t I had a greater fear in the face other men than before God? Haven’t I been more timid in their presence more than God’s presence, striving after their favor more than after God’s grace?
Haven’t I done out of love for man numerous things that I would not do out of love for God?
Haven’t I put my trust in powerful friends and benefactors and in the favor of men?
Has my heart found peace in temporal things—money, goods, honor—and thus not sought happiness and joy solely in the Eternal Good, from which all other good things come?
Have I sought the help of sorcerers [as well as occultists, mediums, fortune tellers, those who call on any kind of spirits, false gods, or saints to practice magic, cast spells, tell the future, or speak to the dead] or Satan’s aid, instead of having sought God’s help and aid? Have I been more afraid of their might than of the power of God?
Have I rightly pictured to myself God’s omnipotence, His omnipresence, His righteousness and grace, so that I have been moved to a childlike fear toward Him?
Has my fear of God also brought forth its proper fruit, such as obedience, hatred of evil, remorse over sins, humility, patience, watchfulness, and the like?
Have I striven to recognize God as the highest good and to love Him above all things?
Have I diligently pondered God’s perfection, majesty, kindness, compassion, might, riches, and favors to the end?
Has my love [toward God] come into being merely for sake of gaining temporal happiness and benefits?
Have I felt the fruits of the true love of God within me, such as hatred against sins, contempt for the world, patience, yearning for greater union with God, praise, thanksgiving, and joy?
How have I obtained my trust in God? Is it a well-founded and childlike trust?
Have I based my trust on God’s goodness, truth, omnipotence, and promises?
Has this trust worked in me its proper fruit—such as hope, calmness, courage, and endurance?
How have I obtained my knowledge of God? Is it a living or a dead knowledge?
Do I seek to increase in this knowledge?
Do I seriously guard myself against all errors [in doctrine?]
Are all my yearnings for God and His grace alone, or are there other things that come before Him?
- Luther – Prayer Concerning True Devotion (Gebets-Schatz) (deprofundisclamaviadtedomine.wordpress.com)
For some reason, people keep reading the post I wrote on Eber‘s hymn “In Christi Wunden Schlaf Ich Ein”. In that post I trashed Zinzendorf and went on about the inferiority of his theology in “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness.” Well, I have to retract much of my criticism in the post. Unfortunately much of what I wrote just reflects that I was a neophyte and had not read hymnody in German (and barely understood German).
I realized this last night when I was looking at a hymn by one of my favorite hymn writers (probably
my absolute favorite): Johann Olearius. One of his hymns that I think is untranslated has a line similar to Zinzendorf’s (although Olearius came first): “Dein Blut, mein Schmuck, mein Ehrenkleid, Dein Unschuld und Gerechtigkeit, Macht, dass ich kann vor Gott bestehn, Und zu der Himmelsfreud eingehn.” [Zinzendorf’s was–Christi, dein Blut und G’rechtigkeit/ Das ist mein Schmuck und Ehrenkleid…”] Admittedly, Zinzendorf’s hymn, which borrows from a long history of Lutheran hymns, does not deserve to be the famous one. However any comments I made about the inferiority of the lines themselves…I’d have to look at it again. I can’t stand by them.
One place I was surely wrong was saying that “Ehrenkleid” means “wedding dress”, not “glorious dress.” No, “Ehrenkleid” literally means “glorious dress.” I think I thought it was “wedding dress” because “Ehefrau” means “wedded-wife.”
In the future I’ll try to be more circumspect so I don’t have to retract things.
- Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Or were you too busy having a beer with Caiaphas and making snotty jokes about Galilean piety? (deprofundisclamaviadtedomine.wordpress.com)
- Heretical Hymns (acmul.wordpress.com)
- When You Are In a Storm (ronpogue.typepad.com)
- Things to consider before you correct another person (rodiagnusdei.wordpress.com)
- The Good Shepherd (thehomeschoolroadtrip.com)
- All I Know to do is Pray (cafechurch.typepad.com)