I have the following prayer by Martin Luther attached to the wall beside my desk. It’s been there for years. I pray it often. It’s no less relevant to me today than it was when I first read it. And I suspect it’s no less relevant to every pastor who’s ever lived since Luther first penned it.
You have made me a pastor in your church.
You see how unfit I am to undertake this great
and difficult responsibility,
and if it were not for your help
I would have ruined it all long ago.
Therefore I cry to you for aid.
I offer my mouth and my heart to your service.
I desire to teach the people,
and, for myself, that I will learn evermore,
and diligently meditate on your word.
Use me as your instrument but never forsake me,
for if I am left alone I will easily bring it all to destruction.