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
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.

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

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