Destroy the Works of the Devil


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
for delivering us from the devil
through your Word and holy Baptism,
and for making us temples of your Holy Spirit.
With your almighty arm defend us.
Do not let Satan desecrate your house
or defile your temples,
or have any power over us.
Continue to bless us with your love and defend us,
for you are our unconquerable God and Lord,
praised forever.

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


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

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