A Prayer of 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 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. 

This is such a meaningful prayer for me. I don’t remember coming across it before, but recently I stumbled across it in our Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal. I don’t know its source, but I found it quietly powerful, and thought I’d share it here with you. Blessings to you this day.

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