Prayers of the Reformers (10)

prayersofreformers-manschreckTwo more prayers from the book Prayers of the Reformers (compiled by Clyde Manschreck; Muhlenberg Press, 1958) we post here today. Both are fitting for our worship – especially our hearing of the gospel – on this Lord’s Day.

Prayer before a sermon

Let us call upon our God and Father, praying Him to turn His face away from the numerous faults and offenses whereby we continually provoke His wrath against us. Though we be unworthy of appearing before His majesty, let us beseech Him to look upon us in the countenance of His dearly beloved Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, accepting the merit of His death and passion for the full atonement of all our sins.

Let us beseech Him to enlighten us by His Spirit, in the understanding of His Word, and grant us the grace to receive the same in true fear and humility, that we may learn to put our trust in Him, to fear and honor Him by glorifying His holy name in all our life, and to yield Him the love and obedience which faithful servants owe to their master and children to their fathers, seeing it has pleased Him to call us to the number of His servants and children.

And let us pray unto Him as our good Master has taught us to pray, saying, Our Father… (p.4).

-J.Calvin

The hearing of God’s Word

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that the words which we have heard this day with our outward ears, may through Thy grace be so grafted inwardly in our hearts, that they may bring forth in us the fruit of good living, to the honor and praise of Thy name, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen

-English reformers, 1549

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