463 years ago day, in 1546, Martin Luther (the great reformer of the Church and the namesake of the Lutheran Church) died.
So in honor of Martin Luther I would like to share with you Luther’s morning prayer:
We give thanks to you, heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ your dear Son, that you have protected us through the night from all danger and harm. We ask you to preserve and keep us, this day also, from all sin and evil, that in all our thoughts, words and deeds we may serve and please you. Into your hands we commend our bodies and souls and all that is ours. Let your holy angels have charge of us, that the wicked one have no power over us, Amen.
(From Lutheran Book of Worship)
If you visit Rev. Joelle’s blog you will find Luther’s sacristy prayer. This is another prayer I use often…usually before I begin the task of writing the sermon I am to preach. It is a reminder to me that God is in control and since that is the case, we can not fail.
Luther’s task to reform the church was not something that came from his own personal agenda, but it was something blessed by God. Of all people, Luther understood that he could not do anything he was doing without the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Let this day be a reminder to us all that the ministry we do (whether we are ordained or not) is not something we do on our own. Seek God’s guidance and direction knowing that if we were to do this ministry relying on our own strength, we would surely bring it all to ruin.
May God bless your day and ministry.