From the FLS Headmaster: I want to encourage each of you to continue in Christian faith: reading God’s Word at home and remaining steadfast in prayer.
Perhaps you are like me and sometimes struggle in Christian faith? Today, I read portions of a wonderful prayer book by a faithful Christian theologian, Johann Gerhard (1582-1683). I have included a portion of one of the prayers below.
Rev. Stephen W. Kieser, headmaster
Prayer for the Preservation and Increase of Faith
O Living and Eternal God,
You have kindled in my heart the light of true and saving faith. Because of Your kindness, I humbly beg that You mercifully preserve and increase my faith. I sometimes experience weakness in faith. I am tossed around by waves of doubt. I humbly cry out with the apostles for You to increase my faith (Luke 17:5). My heart places before You Your Word: “A bruised reed [You] will not break, and a faintly burning wick [You] will not quench” (Isaiah 42:3). I bear my treasure in an earthen vessel (2 Corinthians 4:7). I carry the little torch of faith hidden in a fragile container. I can do nothing but commend its keeping to You with earnest prayer on bended knees, daily and humbly praying for its increase. Make me a partaker of the heavenly light of faith in the darkness of this world. Your Word is light and life. Be gracious to me and help me cling with true faith to Your Word and become a child of light and life through You…. AMEN.
Meditations on Divine Mercy by Johann Gerhard. Translated by Matthew C. Harrison. CPH:2003. Page 98.