To Pray in My Lord Christ’s Name.

800px-lucas_cranach_d-c384-_-_martin_luther2c_1528_28veste_coburg29_28cropped29Dearest Lord,
I should pray
and want to pray
because of your command
and invitation,
but I can’t do it well,
and it does not work
to pray in my name.
So let it work
and be right
to pray in
my Lord Christ’s name.
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, #8.  [Die Gebete Luthers, #111]

Lieber Herr! Ich soll und will beten auf dein Gebot und Verheißung; kann ich’s nicht gut machen, und es nicht taugt noch gilt in meinem Namen, so laß es gelten und gut sein in meines Herrn Christi Namen. Amen.

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pastorstratman

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

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