O that We Were as Eager to Pray as You Are to Hear

800px-lucas_cranach_d-c384-_-_martin_luther2c_1528_28veste_coburg29_28cropped29Dearest Lord God,
O that we were just as eager to pray,
even with the most meager sighs of the heart
as you are eager to urge, invite,
command, and compel us to pray.
O, we are lazy and unthankful.
Forgive us for this, dearest Lord,
and strengthen our faith. Amen.

Source: Martin Luther, translated for A Collection of Prayers from  Gebetbuch, enthaltend die sämtlichen Gebete und Seufzer Martin Luther’s, ….Evangelischer Bücher-Verein, 1866, #6.  [Die Gebete Luthers, #110]

Lieber Herr Gott! O daß wir so fleißig wären zu beten, zum wenigsten mit Seufzen des Herzens, als du bist mit Reizen, Locken und Gebieten, Verheißen und Nöthigen zum Gebet! Ach, wir sind faul und undankbar, das vergieb du uns, lieber Herr, und starke uns den Glauben. Amen.

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pastorstratman

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

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