Martin Bucer may well be one of the most influential figures of the Protestant Reformation that people haven’t heard of. Working with a group of reformers in Strasbourg, Bucer played a mediating role between Luther and Zwingli, influenced a young John Calvin, led efforts to continue theological dialog with Catholic theologians, and eventually ended up in England where he helped shape the reformation efforts there as well. Bucer was, therefore, one of the few reformation figures who truly impacted the reformation throughout all of Europe.
Martin Bucer died on Februrary 28, 1551. In honor of his amazing life and ministry, this Sunday’s prayer comes from him.
Almighty God, heavenly Father,
thou hast promised us through thy dear Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
that whatsoever we ask of thee in His name thou wilt grant unto us.
Thy very Son our Lord hath taught us,
by Himself and by His beloved apostles,
to assemble in His name,
and hath promised to be there in the midst of us,
and to procure and obtain for us at thy hand
whatever we agree to ask of thee on earth.
And especially hath He commanded us to pray
for those whom thou hast set over us as magistrates and rulers;
and then for all the desires both of thy people and of all men.
Forasmuch as we have all come together, before thine eyes,
to thy praise, and in the name of thy Son our Lord Jesus;
we do heartily beseech thee, merciful God and Father,
through they most-beloved Son our only Saviour,
graciously to forgive us all our sin and iniquity;
and life our hearts and souls unto thee
that we may be able to beseech and implore thee with all our heart,
according to thy will and pleasure which alone are righteous.