Do Not Let Me Fall

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The Lord will keep me from all evil;
he will keep my life.
The Lord will keep
my going out and my coming in
from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 121:7-8 ESV, modified)

Lord God, heavenly Father,
whether we wake or sleep,
live or die, we are yours.
Take care of me.
Do not let me fall into destruction by the works of darkness.
Let the light of your face arise in my heart,
that by faith, true knowledge of you may increase in my soul,
and that I may continually do your will.
Guard and defend me against every deception of the evil one.
Preserve me from all evil visions and horrid dreams,
and let me rest peacefully in you this night,
and arise tomorrow in joy and health to fulfill my calling,
to the glory of your holy name.
Amen.

Source: Wilhelm Löhe. Freely adapted from Seed Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians, Wartburg Press, Chicago, 1914   (#227)

“whether we… live or die” is a reference to  Romans 14:8

“Let the light of your face arise…” may be a reference to 2 Peter 1:19

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Destroy the Works of the Devil

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Eternal Lord,
Mighty Son of God,
you came to crush the head of the serpent
and to destroy the works of the devil.
We thank you
that you have delivered us from the devil
through your Word and holy Baptism,
and have made us temples of your Holy Spirit.
With your almighty arm defend us,
do not let Satan desecrate your house
or defile your temples,
or let him have any power over us.
You love and defend us,
unconquerable God and Lord,
praised forever.
Amen.

Source: Wilhelm Löhe. Freely adapted from Seed Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians, Wartburg Press, Chicago, 1914  (#145)

“Crush the head of the serpent” is a reference to Genesis 3:15

“Temples of your Holy Spirit” is a reference to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

“almighty arm” may be a reference to Psalm 89:13

Help, Enlighten and Guide Us

wilhelm_loeheLord Jesus Christ,
my Lord and my God,
you know our weakness,
and that we cannot do anything
without your help and support.
When we depend and trust in ourselves
we fall into a thousand errors.
Have mercy on us in our distress.
Help, enlighten and guide us,
that we may see what is truly good,
desire it, and obtain it.
We commend ourselves, body and soul, to you alone.
With the Father and the Holy Spirit,
you are worshiped as one God,
forever and ever.
Amen.

Source: Wilhelm Löhe. Freely adapted from Seed Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians, Wartburg Press, Chicago, 1914  (#108)

Be the Beginning of All My Work

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Lord Jesus Christ,
today and always,
be the beginning of all my work.
Be my comforter, my blessing, my support.
Protect me and those I love from all evil,
that the devil and the wicked
may have no power over us.
Amen.

Source: Wilhelm Löhe. Freely adapted from Seed Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians, Wartburg Press, Chicago, 1914 (#107)

Say the Word and I Shall Be Healed!

wilhelm_loeheLord Jesus Christ,
I am not worthy that you should enter my sinful heart,
yet you know my poverty and need.
I desire your presence
to nourish, comfort and strengthen my poor soul.
Say the word and I shall be healed!
Amen.

Source: Wilhelm Löhe. Freely adapted from Seed Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians, Wartburg Press, Chicago, 1914 (#89)

This prayer paraphrases Matthew 8:8 and is similar to a prayer in the Latin Mass, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” See this article in America: National Catholic Review about the return of the prayer  in the most recent revision of the Mass.

See also “I Come to You at Your Holy Table” attributed to Martin Luther.

Strengthen and Assure Us until Life’s Journey Ends

wilhelm_loeheLord Jesus Christ,
our only comfort, our hope,
our righteousness, our strength and sure defense,
kindle in our hearts a desire, hunger and thirst
for the eternal food of the soul,
your true body and blood,
that we may gladly and frequently receive the Sacrament,
knowing our sins, but relying on you
to strengthen and assure us until life’s journey ends
and we come to you in the true Fatherland,
to see you face to face
and dwell with you through all eternity.
Amen.

Source: Wilhelm Löhe. Freely adapted from Seed Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians, Wartburg Press, Chicago, 1914 (#88)

Help Us Retain All We Have Heard

wilhelm_loeheLord Jesus, you said,
“Blessed are they who hear the Word of God and keep it.”
As we have heard your Word, so also empower us to keep it.
Help us, so that in pure and honest hearts
we may retain all we have heard,
and bring forth fruit with patience.

May we consider your Word diligently,
repeat it at home,
and speak of it with our families,
that we may govern our whole lives by it,
and finally, in our last hour,
die in peace with the comfort of your Word.

Source: Wilhelm Löhe. Freely adapted from Seed Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians, Wartburg Press, Chicago, 1914 (#80c.)