Prayers of the Reformers (7) – M.Luther

mluther.jpegThe following prayers of Martin Luther I came across today while browsing further through the wonderful collection of prayers titled, Prayers of the Reformers, compiled by Clyde Manschreck and published by Muhlenberg Press in 1958. They are fitting prayers to close out the Lord’s Day.

These two come from the section “Thanksgiving and Praise” (slightly edited):

To Christ, Our Brother

O gracious God, we are fully aware that we are unworthy and deserve to be brothers of the devil and not of Christ.

But because Christ, Thy dear Son, declared that we, for whom He died and rose, are His brothers and earnestly desires that we should believe Him without doubt and fear, we need no longer regard ourselves unworthy and full of sin.

For this we love and thank Him from our hearts. Praise be to the faithful Savior that he is so gracious and merciful, with Thee and the Holy Spirit in eternity. Amen.

Praise to God for overcoming evil

O Lord, we are not worthy to have a glimpse of heaven, and unable with our works to redeem ourselves from sin, death, the devil, and hell.

Nevertheless, Thou hast given to us Thy Son, Jesus Christ, who is far more precious and dearer than heaven, and much stronger than sin, death, the devil, and hell.

For this we rejoice, praise and thank Thee, O God, that without price and out of pure grace Thou hast granted us this boundless blessing in Thy dear Son through whom Thou takest sin, death, and hell from us, and dost grant to us all that belongs to Him. Amen

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