A Prayer of the Weak and Sinful (Luther)

Here’s a prayer of Martin Luther that captured my attention today. Perhaps it will also be a blessing to you:

“Lord, you know that the devil has fought me in many ways. He would have destroyed my body through tyrants, kings, and rulers, and would have destroyed my soul with his weapons and terrible temptations. Until this moment you have wonderfully preserved me against all their rage and anger and wrath. If it be your will, dear Lord, continue to preserve me. Most gracious God, you are indeed a God of the weak and the sinful. They feel their need and anxiety, and from the heart they desire your grace, comfort, and help. They have the promise of your word: “Come to me all you that are weary and carry heavy burdens.” Lord, I am in great trouble and distress. I accept the invitation to come. Help me because of your mercy and truth. Amen.

Martin Luther, Luther’s Prayers, p. 102.

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54015