Monday, August 30, 2010

prayer sent from an unknown saint

a dear friend and her family wanted to help by asking their blog readers to pray for Sophia. One precious reader, a sister in Christ (Leah) - whom I may never know this side of heaven - posted this prayer by Martin Luther.  I read it almost every day...

 from the Lutheran Book of Prayer:
“At Times of illness in the family…
Almighty God,with whom all things are possible, hear our prayer as we come to you in trouble and distress. You are our hiding place. You are our very present help in trouble. We have no other refuge in an hour like this. Gracious Lord, You can heal. Your grace can restore to health and give us strength to carry on. We know that you are compassionate, for you have sent Your beloved Son Jesus Christ, to suffer the death of the cross in order to redeem us and make us your own. As you did not forsake Him, surely you will not abandon us in this time of great need. As You raised Him from the dead on the third day, so we ask that you would also raise us up with him from this present danger. O Lord, we humble ourselves before you and confess our many sins. We pray, merciful Father, for your grace hour by hour. Forgive us and restore us, for You have made us Your children in Christ. Remove the worries and anxious fears that would crush us. Give us grace to trust in You whose will is wiser than our own, for we have been baptized into the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.” Martin Luther

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