Löhe on Romans 8:15b

stewardship of the saintsYou received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (Rom 8:15b NIV)

With these words the apostle St. Paul indicates, what the Holy Spirit does in the hearts of the believers. He leads them to this filial confidence and assurance to address the almighty and holy God as Father. That is an outstanding and most magnificent faith worked by the Holy Spirit even if it might not seem like a great or wonderful work at all. Jesus Christ taught us to pray: “Our Father.” Many millions of people have hence called upon God the almighty as their Father in heaven. Even among our nation this is a popular way of calling upon God in all life’s situations. We have been invited to call upon him in Spirit and in truth by the Holy Spirit. Calling upon him in this way trustingly and faithfully is one of the most significant workings of the Holy Spirit in us.

Lord our God: Oh, what love have you shown to us, that we may call you our Father and be your children. We don’t have anything, that we could weigh in as remittance or payment for this. Our life is short, our strength but weakness and our doing is insignificant and passing. Yet you are the almighty creator and eternal God. Heaven and earth are yours and still you bow so low towards us in paternal mercy. That is why we come before you with confidence and trust – just like children approach their loving father. Let us always rejoice and be glad in this divine privilege that we may call you our Father for Jesus Christ – our brother’s sake. Grant that we hold fast to your dear hand and thankfully go the way that you lead us. Amen. (Church book of Württemberg 1931)

To God the Holy Spirit let us pray Most of all for faith upon our way That He may defend us when life is ending And from exile home we are wending. Lord, have mercy!

Shine in our hearts, O Spirit, precious light; Teach us Jesus Christ to know aright That we may abide in the Lord who bought us, Till to our true home He has brought us. Lord, have mercy! (Martin Luther, 1483-1546)

This is a rather free translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for Friday after the eighth Sunday after the high holiday and festival of the Holy Trinity. It is found on Pg. 276 in Lob sei Dir ewig, o Jesu!   (Eternal Praise to you o Jesus!) edited by A. Schuster and published in the Freimund Verlag, Neuendettelsau 1949.

About Wilhelm Weber

Pastor at the Old Latin School in the Lutherstadt Wittenberg
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