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Martin Luther’s Prayer At The Diet of Worms

Left with twenty four hours to recant his 95 theses, Martin Luther found himself looking to God as he stood at the precipice of one of the greatest revivals that the church has had in the last one thousand years. This was his prayer:

Martin Luther at Diet of Worms

O God, Almighty God everlasting! how dreadful is the world! behold how its mouth opens to swallow me up, and how small is my faith in Thee! . . . Oh! the weakness of the flesh, and the power of Satan! If I am to depend upon any strength of this world – all is over . . . The knell is struck . . . Sentence is gone forth . . . O God! O God! O thou, my God! help me against the wisdom of this world. Do this, I beseech thee; thou shouldst do this . . . by thy own mighty power . . . The work is not mine, but Thine. I have no business here . . . I have nothing to contend for with these great men of the world! I would gladly pass my days in happiness and peace. But the cause is Thine . . . And it is righteous and everlasting! O Lord! help me! O faithful and unchangeable God! I lean not upon man. It were vain! Whatever is of man is totering, whtaever proceeds from him must fail. My God! my God! dost thou not hear? My God! art thou no longer living? Nay, thou canst not die. Thou dost but hide Thyself. Thou hast chosen me for this work. I know it! . . . Therefore, O God, accomplish thine own will! Forsake me not, for the sake of thy well-beloved Son, Jesus Christ, my defence, my buckler, and my stronghold.
Lord – where art thou? . . . My God, where art thou? . . . Come! I pray thee, I am ready . . . Behold me prepared to lay down my life for thy truth . . . suffering like a lamb. For the cause is holy. It is thine own! . . . I will not let thee go! no, nor yet for all eternity! And though the world should be thronged with devils – and this body, which is the work of thine hands, should be cast forth, trodden under foot, cut in pieces, . . . consumed to ashes, my soul is thine. Yes, I have thine own word to assure me of it. My soul belongs to thee, and will abide with thee forever! Amen! O God send help! . . . Amen!

3 responses to “Martin Luther’s Prayer At The Diet of Worms

  1. lambskinny May 30, 2011 at 11:58

    So, I’ve heard he did recant. Did he? I could look it up I suppose, but I bet you can tell me. If so, why did he?

  2. Tony Bradley October 4, 2012 at 09:35

    No he did not recant at all. Thank God.
    The first time I heard this prayer was on one of RC Sproul’s podcasts, and I was floored, tears and all. Thinking of the historical context and how Luther must have been feeling at the time, I couldn’t help but cry and pray with him in a way, though I know these things have passed years ago. Beautiful.

    Have you ever seen the 2003 Luther film? One thing I canNOT stand about it is that they had the actor playing Luther pray some silly prayer (in comparison) instead of his actual recorded prayer.

  3. Sam Pauken July 26, 2014 at 16:29

    Do you happen to know the original source for this translation of the prayer?

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