“For, behold, the burning wrath of a great multitude is kindled over you, and they shall take away certain of you, and feed you, being idle, with things offered unto idols. And they that consent unto them shall be had in derision and in reproach, and trodden under foot.” (Reference: 2 Esdras 16:68-69 )
Historic Anabaptist Adrian Corneliss, who died in 1552, was inspired by the these verse to write a pray. But it is, beloved, from the 1500’s. I have attempted a more modern revision of it, based on my understanding of syntax and meaning of the historic Anabaptists.
Even though the wrath of a great multitude is upon me, you preserve me O Lord. You give me, your servant, bread in times of need and water when I am thirsty, and in the day of tribulation you forgive me. And You have said to me that even if a mother would forget her child to which she has given birth, you would never forget us, because you have given your Divine Word. You spoke to the dear apostle Paul saying, “Come out away from this wicked generation and do not touch things that are unclean.” You will deliver us from this evil and will be our Protector, and we shall by Your sons and daughters. We will go out into the world and we will help ours bear up under your scrutiny and judgment. Lord, teach us to pray according to Your Ways, that we may pray in spirit and in truth, that we may truly call You our caring and protective Parent; for a child must honor one’s Parent, and servant must honor the Master.
It is my hope that this prayer bridges across the years and generations, and resonates in your heart and spirit. Selah!