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Vessel Prayer by Martin Luther
Behold, Lord, An empty vessel
that needs to be filled. My Lord, fill it.
I am weak in faith; Strengthen thou me. I
am cold in love; Warm me and make me
fervent That my love may go out to my
neighbor. I do not have a strong and firm
faith; At times I doubt and am unable to
trust thee altogether. O Lord, help me.
Strengthen my faith and trust in thee. In
thee I have sealed the treasures of all I
have. I am poor; Thou art rich and didst
come to be merciful to the poor. I am a
sinner; Thou art upright. With me there is
an abundance of sin; In thee is the
fullness of righteousness. Therefore, I
will remain with thee of who I can receive
but to whom I may not give. Amen.
These works portray
unique messages beyond being mere
Driving the Merchants
from the Temple, by Jacob
A very Baroque
Driving the Money Changers
from the Temple, El
Greco (1541-1614). Several
Merchants Chased from the
Temple by James
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copyright restrictions and
because links often become
outdated. However, reproductions
of these works are easy to find
on the Internet.
Cleansed by Franklin
E. Belden c. 1900 (Public Domain)
1 Cast out the buyers,
The sellers bid depart;
Cleanse me from carnal thought and
And purify my heart.
A temple would I be,
Meet for the royal Son:
Ye money-changers, fear and flee
Before the Sinless One.
2 The love of self o'erthrow;
The love of God bring in,
That ministers to all below,
God's remedy for sin.
Rise up! thou Living Word,
Thine arm of strength lay bare,
That naught in me henceforth be
But voice of praise and pray'r.
3 When thus this robber's home
Becomes a house of pray'r,
Do Thou with all thy power come,
And dwell forever there,
The hopeless ones to cheer,
And broken hearts make whole;
In me do thou alone appear
To ev'ry sin-sick soul.
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