#9 Pray for Your Persecutors To Be Delivered From Falsehood

I ask you and yours to commend him to the Lord in your prayer (for it is our duty to be kindly and sincerely disposed to our adversaries, even though they resent our being so). Perhaps he may be snatched from the jaws of the dragon and be changed from a Saul into a Paul.  The perishing of such miserable people is not to our advantage. I would exhort you to write him such a letter, but, at the same time, I do not like to see that which is holy cast to the dogs, nor pearls to the swine [Matt. 7:6]. For he will not lend an ear to it nor give it a thought, so that I know of nothing else to do in his behalf than to pray for him. He is destroying many souls and storing up a great treasure for himself for the great day of wrath [Rom. 2:5]. However, I shall leave [the decision as to writing him] to your discretion. We will live even if they kill us and inflict every kind of woe upon us.  (Luther’s Works, v.43, p.64)

Picture: Revelation 18:4-5, “And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.”

[All of the pictures for this year’s posts are from an etching entitled “Augsburg Confession” by Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677) and found in the Royal Collection Trust.]

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