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
forever.
Amen.

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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Give Me Your Holy Spirit and Power

Dearest Lord Christ,
you have enlightened my heart
with your truth.
Give me also
your Holy Spirit
and power,
that I may know and do
what pleases you.
Amen.

Source: Martin Luther, translated for A Collection of Prayers from Die Gebete Luthers, #201.

Original in German:

Lieber Herr Christe, der du mein hertz mit deiner warheit erleuchtet hast, wöllest mir auch deinen H[eiligen] Geyst und krafft geben, zu thun und zu lassen, was deinem gnedigen willen wolgefellet.

Translation note:

“..that I may know and do what pleases you.” is more literally translated “that I may do and allow what pleases your gracious will.

 

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Nunc Dimittis and Prayer

Lord,
now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation
that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.
Luke 2:29-32 (ESV)

Almighty and eternal God,
we humbly pray,
grant that we may know
and praise your dear Son
as holy Simeon did,
who took him up in his arms,
spiritually knew and confessed him;
through the same, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source of the prayer: Martin Luther   [Die Gebete Luthers#12, #309]

Source of this version: http://www.godrules.net/library/luther/NEW1luther_f7.htm

See also Luther’s Works (American Edition), Volume 53, p. 132.

The Nunc Dimittis sung to the tune from the Pomeranian Agenda.

 

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from Book of Hymns (WELS, 1913)

Original prayer in German:

Allmechtiger ewiger Gott, wir bitten dich herzlich, gib uns, das wir deinen lieben Sohn erkennen und preisen wie der heilige Simeon in leiblich in die armen genommen und geistlich gesehen und bekant hat, durch denselben deinen son Jesum Christum, unsern Herrn.

Source: Die Kirchenordnung. Albertinisches Sachsen. Die Evangelischen Kirchenordnung des XVI.  Jahrunderts

 

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Help Us to Know Your Word, Help Us to Do Our Work

800px-lucas_cranach_d-c384-_-_martin_luther2c_1528_28veste_coburg29_28cropped29Almighty and eternal God,
we pray that you would
uphold us
through the right knowledge
of your divine Word
through your Holy Spirit.
Grant us peace and health
as we do the work
of our callings
with your blessing;
through your dear Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Martin Luther,  [Die Gebete Luthers#41]

Original in German:

O allmächtiger, ewiger Gott, wir bitten dich, du wollest uns ja bei der rechten Erkenntnis deines göttlichen Worts durch deinen H. Geist gnädiglich erhalten, Friede und Gesundheit verleihen, daß wir die Werke unsers Berufs seliglich mögen ausrichten, durch Jesum Christum, deinen lieben Sohn, unsern Herrn.

 

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A Prayer of Confession

O my dearest Lord Jesus Christ,
you know my poor soul
and my great transgressions,
and I cry out to you alone
with an open heart.
I am sorry
that I do not have
will or intentions as I should
and I fall behind daily,
for I am a poor, sick sinner.
You know
that I want to have good will and good intentions,
but my foe strikes
and leads me captive.
Redeem me,
a poor sinner,
according to your divine will.
Deliver me from all evil
and all afflictions.
Strengthen and
increase in me
true Christian faith.
Give me grace
to faithfully
love my neighbor
as myself
with all my heart,
and to love him as a brother.
Give me patience and perseverance
in all persecution and trouble.
You told St. Peter
not to forgive only seven times,
and you have called us to come to you
for consolation.
So I come with the assurance
of what you have pledged,
and I cry to you
as my true Pastor
and Bishop of my soul
in all my needs.
You alone know
how and when
I need your help.
Your will be done,
and your name be praised forever.
Amen.

Source: Martin Luther,  [Die Gebete Luthers#31]

Ach meyn lieber HERRE Jesu Christe, du erkennest meyn arme seele, vnd meynen grossen gebrechen, den ich dyr alleyna mit offenem hertzen klage. Ich befinde leyder, das ich nicht habe eynen solchen willen vnd vorsatz, als ich yhn wol solt haben, vnd fall teglich dahyn als eyn kranckes sundiges mensch’, vnd du weyst, das ich yhe gerne eynen solchen willen vnd vorsatz wolthe haben vnd mich doch meyn feynd ym stricke furet gefangen, erlöse mich armen sunder nach deynem göttlichen willen von allem vbel vnd anfechtungen, Stercke vnd vormehre ynn myr den rechten waren Christlichen glawben, gib myr gnade, meynen nehisten aus gantz meynem hertzen getrewlich vnd als mich selbst brüderlichen zu belieben, vorleyhe myr gedult ynn vorfolgunge vnd aller widderwertickeyt, Du hast yhe zu Sancto Petro gesaget, Das er nicht alleyne sieben mal vorgeben solt’, Vnd vns heyssen tröstlichen von dyr bitten, so kome ich ynn zuuorsicht solches deynes zusagens vnd gepietens vnd klage dyr als meynem rechten pfarrer vnd ,Bischoffe meyner seelen’8 all meyne nott. Dann du alleyn weyst, wie vnd wenn myr zu helffen ist. Deyn wille der geschehe vnd sey gebenedeyet ewiglich.

 

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Give Us Your Strength and Protection

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Lord God, heavenly Father,
you know that we are set
in the midst of so many and great dangers,
that by reason of the frailty of our nature
we cannot always stand upright:
Grant us such strength and protection,
to support us in all danger,
and carry us through all temptations;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Martin Luther, the German Litany, Third Collect, [Die Gebete Luthers, #5]

 

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Look upon Our Needs

800px-lucas_cranach_d-c384-_-_martin_luther2c_1528_28veste_coburg29_28cropped29Lord God almighty,
you do not disregard
the cries of the poor,
and you do not despise
the longing of troubled hearts.
Look upon our prayers
which we bring to you
in our needs
and hear us graciously,
so that everything
that the devil
and the sinful world set against us
comes to nothing,
and that they may be converted
by your good counsel,
so that we may be undisturbed
by any affliction,
thank you in your congregation,
and praise you at all times;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Martin Luther, the German Litany, First Collect, [Die Gebete Luthers, #3]

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Grant Us Grace to Serve You

800px-lucas_cranach_d-c384-_-_martin_luther2c_1528_28veste_coburg29_28cropped29Lord God, heavenly Father,
you do not desire the death of a sinner,
but rather that he should turn from his evil way and live:
We pray,
graciously turn from us those punishments
which we have deserved by our sins,
and grant us grace from now on
to serve you in holiness
and pureness of living;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Martin Luther, the German Litany, Second Collect, [Die Gebete Luthers, #4]

 

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John the Baptist

Dear Lord God,
we thank and praise you
for giving us
the blessed John the Baptist
and for his joyful preaching
and blessed pointing
to Christ the Lamb of God,
that we may know
where to find salvation
and eternal life
so that we may have
comfort and redemption
against sin and death
and that God’s goodness and grace
may comfort us forever.
God grant this to us all.
Amen.

Source: Martin Luther in Gebetbuch, enthaltend die sämtlichen Gebete und Seufzer Martin Luther’s… p. 388-389.    [Die Gebete Luthers, #677] Translated for A Collection of Prayers.

Wir danken dir, lieber Herr Gott, und loben dich, daß du uns den lieben Johannes gegeben, und durch ihn das fröhliche Wort und den seligen Finger hast kommen lassen, welcher auf Christum, das Lamm Gottes, gewiesen, daß wir wissen, wo wir Seligkeit und ewiges Leben finden sollen, daß wir wider die Sünde und Tod Trost und Erlösung haben, und Gottes Güte und Gnade uns in Ewigkeit trösten mögen. Das verleihe Gott uns allen. Amen.

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Comfort and Care for All in Need

Lord God,
graciously comfort and care
for all who are imprisoned,
hungry, thirsty,
naked and miserable;
also all widows, orphans,
sick and sorrowing.
In brief,
give us our daily bread,
so that Christ may abide in us
and we in him forever,
and that with him
we may worthily bear
the name of Christian.
Amen.

Source: Attributed to Martin Luther, found in https://www.globalchristiannews.org/article/leader-who-encouraged-persecuted-christians-eulogius-of-cordoba-859/

 

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