Fifteen: Praying with the Anabaptists

I had no idea that it was even possible to blog from my phone… so this post comes at you somewhere between Calgary and Medicine Hat, Alberta.


I’ve been slowly working through a book called “Praying with the Anabaptists.” Within it’s pages are some prayers written by some of the Anabaptists forefathers.  Below is a beautiful prayer I would like to share.

Prayer of Walter of Stoelwijk

Merciful Father, look upon me with eyes of compassion…
for to you only… belongs praise and honour…
I commit soul and body into your divine and gracious keeping:
guide me, through Jesus Christ your dear Son,
into all things that are well and pleasing
to your divine Spirit…
Preserve us by your divine Word now and forever. Amen.

A prayer written from prison wherein he was tortured mercilessly. He was burned at the stake on March 24, 1541.

Taken from “Praying with the Anabaptists: The Secret of Bearing Fruit” Page 31.


  1. angelika · March 9, 2012

    this book sits on my nightstand and i’ve read through it on and off over the years. there are some beautiful, heartbreaking prayers and stories there. it’s a great resource.
    safe journey, btw.

    • chris lenshyn · March 13, 2012


      Read through this book! It is very formative… and my dad did a little bit of work for it! 😉

      We got home nice and safe!!! thanks!

  2. Darnell · March 10, 2012

    Wow thx Chris. Somthing about the reality of martyrdom amazes me. How this is at the core of faith for so many in history and current reality an God understood that and lived it himself. Thx for the post.

    • chris lenshyn · March 11, 2012

      Thanks Darnell. Its been a great book to work through. I am finding significant value in reading through a bit of the earthed history of Anabaptism… and the prayers that arose out of those contexts.

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