Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Reformation Day Prayer

This Sunday, October 30, is Reformation Day. We baptists are ultimately products (our roots can be traced to England where baptists moved away from the Anglican Church- which was a product of the English reformation- which wouldn't have happened without the protestant reformation) of the faith and tenacity of men like German monk Martin Luther.

Behold, Lord, an empty vessel that needs to be filled. My Lord, fill it.
I am weak in the faith; strengthen me.
I am cold in love; warm me and make me fervent, that my love may go out to my neighbor.
I do not have a strong and firm faith; at times I doubt and am unable to trust you altogether. O Lord, help me. Strengthen my faith and trust in you.
In you I have sealed the treasure of all I have. I am poor; you are rich and came to be merciful to the poor.
I am a sinner; you are upright. With me, there is an an abundance of sin; in you is the fullness of righteousness.
Therefore, I will remain with you, of whom I can receive, but to whom I may not give.

"The Empty Vessel", a prayer by Martin Luther (Eerdman's Book of Famous Prayers)

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