“O God, Send Help.” – Luther, 1521

Martin Luther Zum Reichstag In Worms
He had been held up at gunpoint for the second time in a month in his neighborhood.

He’s one of our younger staff and I was made aware again of the challenges and difficulties that those who’ve chosen to follow Jesus as missionaries face around the world … dislocation, cultural adjustments, unusual family pressures, support raising, health problems, etc,. Add to that the inevitable spiritual warfare and obstacles in the unseen world that rise up in violent opposition when we commit to the growth of the Church and living as Kingdom men and women.

But it is encouraging to know that we are not alone. What we face is consistent with all the saints that have gone before us. May God grant us the same courage and perseverance to not only endure but to thrive because “The Lord Almighty is with us, the God of Jacob is our fortress.” – Ps. 46:7

“Oh 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 you. Oh the weakness of the flesh and the power of Satan. If I had to depend upon any strength of this world all is over, the knell is struck, sentence has gone forth.

Oh God, Oh God, Oh you my God, help me against all the wisdom of this world. Do this I beseech you. You should do this by your own mighty power because the work is not mine. It is yours.

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 yours and I am yours and it is righteous and everlasting. Oh Lord, help me. My God, my God do you not hear? My God, are you no longer living? No. You cannot die. But you hide yourself.

You have chosen me for this work. I know it. Therefore, oh God, accomplish your own will. Forsake me not for the sake of your well beloved Son, Jesus Christ, my defense, my buckler and my stronghold.

My soul belongs to you and I will abide with you forever. Oh God, send help.”

– Martin Luther, April 1521, at the Diet of Worms

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