“O almighty and everlasting God, how terrible is this world! Behold, it openeth its mouth to swallow me up, and I have so little trust in Thee. How weak is the flesh, and how powerful is Satan. If it is in the strength of this world only that I must put my trust, all is over. My last hour is come; my condemnation has been pronounced! O God, do Thou help me against all the wisdom of this world. Do thisÂ—Thou shouldest do thisÂ—Thou alone; for this is not my work, but Thine. I have nothing to do here; nothing to contend for with these great ones of the earth. I should desire to see my days flow on, peaceful and happy; but the cause is Thine, and it is a righteous and eternal cause. O Lord, help me! Faithful and unchangeable God, in no man do I place my trustÂ— it would be vain. All that is of man is uncertain; all that cometh of man fails. O God, my God, hearest Thou me? My God, art Thou dead? No, Thou canst not die; Thou hidest Thyself only. Thou hast chosen me for this workÂ—I know it well. Act then, O God. Stand at my side for the sake of Thy well-beloved Son, Jesus Christ, who is my Defence, my Shield, and Strong Tower. Lord, where stayest Thou? O my God, where art Thou? Come, I am ready; I am ready to lay down my life for Thy truth. Patient as a lamb, for it is the cause of justiceÂ—it is Thine. I will never separate myself from Thee, neither now, nor through eternity. And though the world should be filled with devilsÂ—though my body, which is still the work of Thy hands, should be slain, be stretched upon the pavement, be cut to pieces, reduced to ashes, my soul is Thine. Yes, I have the assurance of Thy word, my soul belongs to Thee. It shall abide for ever with Thee. Amen. God help me.”
This prayer explains Luther and the Reformation. History here raises the veil, and discloses to our view the secret place whence strength and courage were imparted to this despised and humble man, who was the instrument of God to emancipate the soul, and the thoughts of men, to open a new era.
Â—M. D’Aubigne’s History of the Reformation.