Work in Us True Obedience

antiquariat-1829823_640Almighty, eternal and righteous God,
we humbly thank you
for revealing your divine will to us
in your law
about what we should do
and what we should avoid.
We also humbly pray, for Christ’s sake,
that you would work in us true obedience,
graciously forgive us all our sins of negligence,
and strengthen and lead us
by your Holy Spirit
that we begin to serve you
in new obedience here,
until we come to complete holiness
before you in that life to come;
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Attributed to Martin Luther, found in Allgemeines evangelisches Gesang- und Gebetbuch zum Kirchen und Hausgebrauch, Hamburg, 1846, p. 436#1.

Original in German:

Allmächtiger, ewigcr und gerechter Gott, wir danken Dir herzlich, daß Du uns Deinen heiligen Willen, was wir thun und lassen sollen, im Gesetz geoffenbaret hast; und bitten Dich demüthiglich: Du wollest, um Jesu Christi vollkommnen Gehorsams willen, uns alle dawider begangene Sünde gnädiglich verzeihen, und mit Deinem heiligen Geist uns starken und leiten, daß wir hier in neuem Gehorsam Dir zu dienen anfangen, bis wir vollkommen heilig in jenem Leben vor Dir wandeln: durch Iesum Christum, Deinen
Sohn, unsern Herrn. Amen.

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pastorstratman

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

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