Casting All Anxieties on Him

800px-lucas_cranach_d-c384-_-_martin_luther2c_1528_28veste_coburg29_28cropped29Luther’s Prayer based on the Scripture passage: “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

Heavenly Father,
you are indeed my Lord and God!
You made me out of nothing and redeemed me through your Son.
You have commanded and appointed me to perform my duties and labors,
which I, however, cannot accomplish as I desire,
and there are many troubles that frighten and oppress me,
so that I am, as to my own power,
without help and consolation;
therefore I commend all things into your hands.
Help and console me, and be my all in all.

Source: attributed to Martin Luther, printed in The Little Treasure of PrayersColumbus OH, Lutheran Book Concern, 1888  [Die Gebete Luthers, #507]

Original in German:

Himlischer Vatter, du bist je mein Herr und Gott, der mich geschaffen hat, da ich nichts war, dazu mich erlöset hast durch deinen Son; nu hastu mir dises ampt befehlen und aufferlegt, da geht es nit, wie ich will, und ist so vil, das mich trucket und ängstet, da ich bei mir selbst weder raht noch hilff finde, darumb laß ich dir auch solches befohlen sein. Gib du rath und hilff und sei selbst alles inn disen sachen.



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

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