A Prayer of Confession

O my dearest Lord Jesus Christ,
you know my poor soul
and my great transgressions,
and I cry out to you alone
with an open heart.
I am sorry
that I do not have
will or intentions as I should
and I fall behind daily,
for I am a poor, sick sinner.
You know
that I want to have good will and good intentions,
but my foe strikes
and leads me captive.
Redeem me,
a poor sinner,
according to your divine will.
Deliver me from all evil
and all afflictions.
Strengthen and
increase in me
true Christian faith.
Give me grace
to faithfully
love my neighbor
as myself
with all my heart,
and to love him as a brother.
Give me patience and perseverance
in all persecution and trouble.
You told St. Peter
not to forgive only seven times,
and you have called us to come to you
for consolation.
So I come with the assurance
of what you have pledged,
and I cry to you
as my true Pastor
and Bishop of my soul
in all my needs.
You alone know
how and when
I need your help.
Your will be done,
and your name be praised forever.
Amen.

Source: Martin Luther,  [Die Gebete Luthers#31]

Ach meyn lieber HERRE Jesu Christe, du erkennest meyn arme seele, vnd meynen grossen gebrechen, den ich dyr alleyna mit offenem hertzen klage. Ich befinde leyder, das ich nicht habe eynen solchen willen vnd vorsatz, als ich yhn wol solt haben, vnd fall teglich dahyn als eyn kranckes sundiges mensch’, vnd du weyst, das ich yhe gerne eynen solchen willen vnd vorsatz wolthe haben vnd mich doch meyn feynd ym stricke furet gefangen, erlöse mich armen sunder nach deynem göttlichen willen von allem vbel vnd anfechtungen, Stercke vnd vormehre ynn myr den rechten waren Christlichen glawben, gib myr gnade, meynen nehisten aus gantz meynem hertzen getrewlich vnd als mich selbst brüderlichen zu belieben, vorleyhe myr gedult ynn vorfolgunge vnd aller widderwertickeyt, Du hast yhe zu Sancto Petro gesaget, Das er nicht alleyne sieben mal vorgeben solt’, Vnd vns heyssen tröstlichen von dyr bitten, so kome ich ynn zuuorsicht solches deynes zusagens vnd gepietens vnd klage dyr als meynem rechten pfarrer vnd ,Bischoffe meyner seelen’8 all meyne nott. Dann du alleyn weyst, wie vnd wenn myr zu helffen ist. Deyn wille der geschehe vnd sey gebenedeyet ewiglich.

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pastorstratman

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

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