527 years ago today, in 1483, Martin Luther, the great reformer of the church, was born in Eisleben, Germany. So in honor of Martin Luther, I would like to share with you Luther's morning prayer.
We give thanks to, 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
Another prayer that I often use before writing a sermon and before leading worship is Luther's Sacristy prayer. You can find it on the door where I keep my vestments (robes) in the church sacristy (behind the organ area). You could also save yourself a trip back there by googling it. This wonderful down to earth prayer serves as a reminder to me that God is in control and since that is the case, we can not fail.
Luther's challenge to reform the church was not something that came from his own selfish personal agenda, but it was something that was blessed by God. Of all people, Luther understood that he could not do anything that was God's will without the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Let this be a reminder that to us that as we worship, pray, learn and serve others each and every day, it is not something that we do on our own. Seek God's guidance and direction (and the company of other believers) knowing that if we were to serve God and others relying on our own strength, we would surely bring it all to ruin.
God's richest blessings in your ministry at home, school, work, and in the community. See you in church!