“O God, the Father of all mercy, we sincerely thank You at all times that at the cost of Your grace you have brought us to the treasure of Your Word, in which we have the knowledge of Your dear Son. This is a sure pledge to us of the life and salvation that will be ours in heaven and is prepared for all who remain in true faith and fervent love to the end. O merciful Father, we hope and pray that you will preserve us and make us perfect with all the elect and will keep us united in the mind and image of your dear Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.”
–Martin Luther, Luther’s Prayers, Ed. Herbert Brokering (Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1994), no. 85, pp. 65-6.