“Dear God, thank you for the Protestant Reformation we are celebrating this year. We thank you for the great truths from your Word that were contained in the 95 theses nailed by Martin Luther at the door of the Castle church in Wittenberg 500 years ago. We praise you that the Reformation brought to life many gospel truths from the Holy Scriptures that church leaders and church traditions had ignored. Thank you for many who stood for truth, most of whom choose to die rather than deny the good news of the gospel. We pray that you will equip us today to be ready to suffer for the gospel and you will give us joy to endure, as you helped the apostles and the many reformers who were killed for standing for the gospel.
Thank you that you gave us your Word, the Bible, as our supreme authority. We pray that you will help us in this age where preference and experience are highly esteemed, that we will find Scripture alone as the highest and final authority in our churches and even in our lives. Help us that in our pulpits your Word will be proclaimed since when your Word is preached, you speak. Help us that we will grope where the Word is to find Christ. We pray that you will remind and equip preachers of your Word to proclaim it faithfully, remembering that Christ still reigns through his Word, read and preached. We acknowledge that when the Word is faithfully preached, truly the Word will do everything as it was in the times of the early church and even during the Reformation.
We are grateful that we can access your inspired Word in different languages, remembering many who gave up their lives to see Bible translated into common man’s language. We pray that you will continue equipping many Bible translators who by your grace are translating your Holy Scriptures to make them accessible to many local languages all over the world. Dear God, we pray that many will come to the knowledge of you and of our Saviour Jesus Christ through the reading and preaching of the Bible in their own local language.
Almighty Father, we thank you for the good news of Jesus and what his death on the Cross accomplished for us. Thank you that through the gospel, your righteousness was revealed. We acknowledge that you have saved us by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. We pray that you will help us to see grace alone as the only hope for resurrecting spiritually dead sinners.
Lord, please help us to have faith in Jesus and to see faith alone as the only instrument by which we are joined to Christ and justified by the imputation of his righteousness. Save us from trying to earn your salvation through our good works. Help us that because of our justification in Christ, we will bear fruits and do good works, loving one another and keeping the hope for eternal life.
We pray that at this age of scepticism, we will see Christ alone as the only atoning sacrifice for sin, and you alone God as the ultimate object of our worship. We thank you and celebrate the wonders you have done for us in Christ Jesus. We pray that our churches will treasure the holiest gospel of the glory and grace of God and that we will gather every week to hear your Word preached and to exercise our faith in you in prayer. Help us to remember that you are highly glorified in us when we are most satisfied in you.
We pray like Luther, that you will help us to remember that you’re not angry with us anymore when we believe and put our faith in Jesus, and thus we can stand on our head for joy! Thank you that the gospel is the source of comfort and hope for us who believe in the midst of the struggles of life.
Now to you who is able to keep us from stumbling and to present us blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever.“