Open and Enlighten Our Minds

Lucas_Cranach_(I)_-_Johannes_Bugenhagen[1].jpgAlmighty and eternal God,
Lord, heavenly Father,
your Word is a lamp to our feet
and a light for our path.
Open and enlighten our minds
that we may have a pure, clear
and holy understanding of your Word,
and then, afterward,
that we have a right understanding
of ourselves and our lives,
so that we may never displease
your divine majesty;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our dear Lord,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever.
Amen.

Source: Johannes Bugenhagen, 1485-1558

Source of this version: Translated for A Collection of Prayers. German source: Gebetbuch, enthaltend die sämtlichen Gebete und Seufzer Martin Luther’s, ….Evangelischer Bücher-Verein, 1866, #34.

“Sprechend: Vater u. s. w. indicates that this prayer would be followed by the Lord’s Prayer.

Allmächtiger, ewiger Gott, Herr, himmlischer Vater, deß Wort eine Kerze ist unsern Füßen und ein Licht unsern Wegen, thu auf und erleuchte unser Gemüth, daß wir dein Wort rein, lauter und heiliglich verstehen und dann nach dem, das wir recht verstanden haben, unser Leben gestalten, auf daß wir deiner Majestät nimmer mißfallen, durch Jesum Christum, deinen Sohn, unsern lieben Herrn, der mit dir in Einigkeit des heiligen Geistes lebt und regiert, Gott in Ewigkeit, sprechend: Vater u. s. w.

 

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Help Us Retain All We Have Heard

wilhelm_loeheLord Jesus, you said,
“Blessed are they who hear the Word of God and keep it.”
As we have heard your Word, so also empower us to keep it.
Help us, so that in pure and honest hearts
we may retain all we have heard,
and bring forth fruit with patience.

May we consider your Word diligently,
repeat it at home,
and speak of it with our families,
that we may govern our whole lives by it,
and finally, in our last hour,
die in peace with the comfort of your Word.

Source: Wilhelm Löhe. Freely adapted from Seed Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians, Wartburg Press, Chicago, 1914 (#80c.)

 

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