For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2Pe 1:21 NIV)
No prophecy is the fruit of human deliberation. Even if a natural genius fixes his eyes into the future to view the mysteries of the kingdom hidden there, he will not discern anything but dark obscurity. Every prophecy is a divine gift of the Holy Spirit and God’s holy people have proclaimed and written down, what they were shown, following not so much their own pursuit, but rather as the Holy Spirit motivated them to oral or written communication. Therefore the prophetic word is the Holy Spirit’s word through human beings, but not of human origin.
O God and heavenly Father: You have revealed your paternal goodness and unfathomable mercy to your congregation in this world so that they would recognize you appropriately. We thank you for your holy word through which you have kept this your revelation pure and faithful throughout the generations right from the prophets of old and from the saintly apostles as good stewards of your gospel. We humbly ask you now, grant us your Holy Spirit that he may bring to life the word of your revelation in us. Grant that we may be immersed more and more deeply in your revelation, that we consider your divine message more and more willingly and that we be more and more comforted by your joyful and encouraging promises. Amen (E. Linderholm)
Everything you taught today, write into our hearts, and grant that those, who heard it, may be obedient also.
Continue to preserve your word and prosper us continually, so that we may always serve you here as we should.
As I desire peace, o Father, stand by me and commend your holy angel over me that he be my watch and keeper.
Grant a good night to everyone and grant correction to all, who have gone against you and your will.
Help me to get up tomorrow that I may continue faithfully until the end of my calling in this world’s course.
And finally when my time is up, lead me into your heaven, where I’ll rest forever in your grace. (Kaspar Neumann, 1648-1715)
(Translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for the 6th Sunday after Epiphany as found on Pg. 89 in Lob sei Dir ewig, o Jesu! (Eternal Praise to you o Jesus!) edited by A. Schuster and puplished in the Freimund Verlag, Neuendettelsau 1949.)