Against the Devil’s Tyranny

devil-1566853_640Lord God,
heavenly Father,
you sent your Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
into this world
to destroy the works of the devil,
and to protect us poor people
against such an evil foe.
Protect us.
Keep us safe.
Uphold us in all affliction
by your Holy Spirit
so that we may have peace from such enemies
and remain forever blessed;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one true God,
now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Die pommersche Kirchen-Ordnung und Agenda, p. 301-302. Translated for A Collection of Prayers.

“destroy the works of the devil” is a reference to 1 John 3:8

Original in German:

Herr Gott, himmlischer Vater, der du deinen Sohn, unsern Herrn Jesum Christum, in diese Welt gesandt hast, daß er des Teufels Werke zerstöre und uns arme Menschen wider solchen bösen Feind beschützen soll; wir bitten dich du wollest uns für Sicherheit behüten und in aller Anfechtung durch deinen heiligen Geist gnädiglich erhalten, daß wir bis ans Ende für solchem Feinde friedsam mögen bleiben und ewig selig werden; durch denselben, u.

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pastorstratman

Lutheran pastor serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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