Sunday, October 31, 2010

Reformation Sunday

Dear God, on this festival day we thank you especially for your servant Martin Luther. We praise you for your mercy which raised him up as a zealous reformer. You brought again to light through him the gospel which declares salvation by grace through faith and we thank you for preserving your word in all its truth for us today. You reached out to us and sent your Holy Spirit into our hearts and drew us in faith to Christ and now we are your children, rescued from the slavery of sin. Do not let us loose this gospel and our faith, or set truth aside for error. Do not let us trust in our own works to merit heaven. You have directed our faith away from the commandments of men and rest our hope only and solely on the great and precious promises of your Gospel.

Help us to cherish the blessings of your Word as our fathers in faith delivered it to us. May we be thankful for the gift of bishops, pastors and teachers. Give them courage, wisdom and zeal to proclaim the gospel faithfully. Give us the desire to support them in the work of your kingdom with the talents and means you have provided. Fill us with zeal for your Word so that we may eagerly proclaim it. Restore to us the joy of your salvation, that we may boldly proclaim you to be our mighty Fortress. We ask this for Jesus' sake, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, throughout all eternity.