For Your Praise and Glory and Love and Thanks

Dear Lord Christ,
give us your Holy Spirit and gifts
not for our own glory
but for the service and edifying
of all Christendom.
This is the only reason,
you give your Spirit,
as St. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12,
“you give to each one
according to your will,”
that is,
not for our our shame
or sin or vanity,
but for your praise and glory
and love and thanks
for your inexpressible grace and gifts

Source: Martin Luther, translated for A Collection of Prayers from Die Gebete Luthers#200.

Lieber Herr Christe, gib uns deinen Geyst und gaben nit zu unserm Rhum, sondern zu nutz und besserung der Christenheyt, dazu auch alleyne der Geyst gegeben wird, wie Sanct Paulus spricht 1. Cor. 12: “auff das es gleich und recht außgeteilet werde,” nemlich uns schand und scham für unser sünd und untugent, dir aber lob und ehr, lieb und danck für deine unaußsprechliche gnade und gaben in ewigkeyt.

Luther did not quote 1 Corinthians 12:11 directly. In the prayer, the quote reads “so that [the gifts] may be distributed equally and correctly.” ESV’s translation of 1 Corinthians 12 is “All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.” Luther seems to be recalling and summarizing the whole chapter.



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

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