You Hear and Direct–Help Us Wait

Johannes-Mathesius[1]O God, our Father,
you graciously hear all who call on you,
and your wisdom directs your saints.
In your good time you rescue us,
even though your help
seems to be withheld for a time.
Graciously open your ears to our prayers
and lead us by your Spirit,
that without doubting
we may persevere in prayer
and await your promised help in faith;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Johannes Mathesius, (1504–1565)

Source of this version: Freely modified from Collects and Prayers for Use in Church,  United Lutheran Church in America, 1935, #368.

Instead of “wisdom,” Collects and Prayers had “providence.”

Instead of “and await your promised help in faith,” Collects and Prayers had “and believingly await thy promised help.”

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

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