Couldn’t Have Prayed Better

Lord God, dear Father in heaven, I am, indeed, unworthy of the office and ministry in which I am to make known Thy glory and to nurture and to serve this congregation.

But since Thou hast appointed me to be a pastor and teacher, and the people are in need of the teachings and the instructions, O be Thou my helper and let Thy holy angels attend me.

Then if Thou are pleased to accomplish anything through me, to Thy glory and not to mine or the praise ofmen, grant me, out of Thy pure grace and mercy, a right understanding of Thy Word and that I may, also, diligently perform it.

O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, Thou Shepherd and Bishop our our souls, send Thy Holy Spirit that He may work in me to will and to do through Thy divine strength according to Thy good pleasure.

Amen.

–Martin Luther

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