Lord God, heavenly Father,
we are poor, miserable sinners.
We know your will,
but we are too weak to fulfill it.
Our flesh and blood holds us back,
and our enemy the devil will not leave us in peace.
Pour your Holy Spirit in our hearts,
that with steadfast faith we may cling
to your Son Jesus Christ,
find comfort in his passion and death,
believe the forgiveness of sin through him
and in willing obedience to your will
lead holy lives on earth,
until by your grace we depart
from this world of sorrow
and obtain eternal life;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.
Source: Veit Dietrich, d. 1549, Trinity 18
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